CIROS Newsletter – October 2020

September has flown by, and the first month of uni is already behind us!

We hope that you have all settled back into the uni flow well, and that everyone is staying healthy and happy.

? Membership Reminder

If you are not yet a CIROS member, but would like to be one, you can sign up and purchase your membership here.

We would also like to ask all past members to renew their CIROS membership for the academic year of 2020-2021. You can do this here.

❗ ☕ CIROS x Kaafi

You will need your membership (and membership sticker!) for our special CIROS x Kaafi collab! More info on that will be coming soon, so keep an eye on our socials and your emails ?

(Trust me, you will not want to miss out on this. We don’t want to give too much away just yet, but lets say it involves a secret menu exclusive to CIROS members?)

The latest addition to the CIROS family is the Regional Committee, headed by Silvia Alonso Vega. The Regional Committee will manage all of our regional clubs and make sure we can make the most of the incredibly diverse IRO community we have.

Our aim is to inspire students to look beyond the borders of their own culture, language, and nationality, and learn about other regions of the world through our engaging and informative events. Each club acts as a gateway to a region’s shared history and cultural heritage, in which both similarities and differences are celebrated. Students from within as well as outside the region will collaborate to plan and execute events for the benefit the entire student body. These events will range from group discussions on sociopolitical issues to celebrations of holidays, and from guest lectures to movie screenings.

– Silvia, Regional Committee Head

The Regional Committee is looking for two more members!

We have opened applications for the positions of Vice-Chair and Treasurer for this committee. If you’re interested in joining Silvia and the Regional Committee, please apply here.

? Upcoming Events

? Goodwill Sustainable October

“At Goodwill, this month is all about the impact our food choices have on the planet. What does it take to adopt an environment-friendly diet? Do I need to go vegan? Resort to only shopping organic food? What do I do about the plastic packaging my vegetables come in? And how am I supposed to fit all of this in my student’s budget? We know that adopting a more sustainable diet may be overwhelming at first.

That’s why we will provide you with the right tools to implement small changes in your lifestyle that make a big difference for the environment. Attend our workshops, join the challenges and follow the tips and tricks and adopt an environment-friendly lifestyle this October. Every week there will be something new to discover, so make sure to follow the CIROS Instagram page to never miss an event.”

– Lara, Goodwill Committee Head

? Mental Health Month (November)

“Mental Health Month is just around the corner! Prepare yourself for a November full of activities ranging from sports to workshops! This year CIROS’ Student Support Committee will partner with BASIS’ Care Committee to bring you the biggest mental health month yet!

We will be focusing on addressing the themes of diversity incorporation; sexual harassment; social aspects such as loneliness and homesickness; and study-related stress, as well as anxiety and depression.”

– Kendra, Student Support Committe Head

? New COVID-19 Measures

As of September 28th, the Dutch government has introduced increased measures to combat the rising spread of COVID-19. A full list of restrictions can be found here.

The most notable changes are:

  • Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague have reached severe risk level;
  • Maxmimum 40 people can be present for outside activities, 30 for inside activities;
  • Groups cannot exceed 4 people, unless they are from the same household;
  • No more than 3 people should visit a different household;
  • In Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague, wearing face masks in stores is strongly advised, and may become mandatory in the near future;
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars may not accept new guests after 21:00, and must close by 22:00.

⚠️ As always, we strongly enourage all students to follow these measures!

❗ It is important to note that this remains a constantly developing situation, and that these measures can change at any time. Please stay up to date on regulations set by the Dutch government, as well as by Leiden University.

❓ If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me at

We are still working out how to best bring our office hours back, but the new measures have put yet another spanner in the works. We hope to have a suitable solution ready as soon as possible.

We hope that this first month has been fun, that the work hasn’t been too much, and that above all everyone is staying safe and healthy!

On behalf of CIROS,

Ben B-Millington

CIROS Secretary

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