Diversity Award Recipients 2021

The entire team supporting the Chair for General Pedagogy [website in German] received the award for their long-standing excellent contributions to diversity-related research, teaching, and university life. Their research frequently addresses questions of learning from and under diversity-informed conditions. By questioning attitudes and facilitating as well as reflecting on experiences with diversity, their teaching goes beyond communicating research results. The team, from a wide variety of backgrounds themselves, know how to meaningfully integrate their understanding of diversity into their research and teaching – be it in their research on education in various spatial contexts, their successful international collaborations, such as on the topic of peace education, or in their international master’s program “Educational Quality in Developing Countries.”

The Student Support Group HOPES [website in German] was honored for their outstanding work in the area of university life, the acronym HOPES standing for help and orientation for students with mental illnesses. The self-help group believes in personal responsibility, trust, visibility, and a non-hierarchical structure, offering support to fellow students in a safe environment. For seven years, the group has been holding regular meetings where students can share their experiences with psychological stress during their studies. HOPES also sees itself as a low-threshold contact point for referring affected students to other counseling services available at the university. In addition to this informal mentoring, the group engages in targeted public relations work to raise awareness for mental health among all university members and beyond.

This excerpt from the university’s brochure on the Dies academicus event 2021(2.3 MB, 4 pages) provides an extensive introduction to the Diversity Award recipients [only available in German].