Interview mit Anja Ahrens: Beratungsstelle für Studierende mit Behinderungen und chronischen Erkrankungen

Autorin: Svenja Efinger

Anja Ahrens ist an der Freien Universität Berlin die Ansprechpartnerin für Anfragen und Belange Studierender mit Behinderungen und chronischen Erkrankungen. Wir von der „Toolbox Gender und Diversity in der Lehre“ haben uns mit Anja Ahrens zum gemeinsamen Austausch über ihre Arbeit getroffen. Dabei haben wir spannende Details über ihre Beratungstätigkeit, den Nachteilsausgleich sowie über ihre Wünsche zur tatsächlichen Umsetzung von Inklusion an der FU Berlin erfahren. 

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Roundtable Discussion: “Decolonizing the classroom: A Space for Resistance?“ (on February 10th, 2022) – What are lessons to be learned for the Toolbox?

Autorinnen: Jana Gerlach, Svenja Efinger

On February 10th, 2022, the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies, the MA Program Gender, Intersectionality and Politics and the Toolbox Gender and Diversity in Teaching completed their joint event series on „Diversity, Racism and the Broken Promise of Inclusion in German Higher Education“ with an online roundtable discussion.

What is ‘decolonization’ all about and what does it mean within the university context? How is it related to already existing diversity policies? And most importantly: What is its potential for revolutionizing the classroom?

These and other questions were discussed by Diana Almeida,  graduate student in Sociocultural Anthropology  currently enrolled in the Master’s program Gender, Intersectionality and Politics at Freie Universität Berlin and political activist, Denise Bergold-Caldwell, scientific director of the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futurology at Philipps-Universität Marburg and former social worker and Rolando Vázquez Melken, sociology professor and decolonial thinker at UC Roosevelt and UC Utrecht as well as co-author of the report „Let’s do Diversity“ of the University of Amsterdam Diversity Commission.

As the Toolbox Gender and Diversity in Teaching  aims at implementing anti-discrimination and sensitivity for gender and diversity in academic teaching, we asked ourselves: What new insights do we take from this discussion? In what way is our understanding of diversity being challenged? And what remains to be done?

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Quiz: Diversity in German Higher Education

What about diversity in German higher education? How diverse are students and professors really? Representation matters! That is why data about diversity is important – it also helps realizing where exclusionary mechanisms still lead to universities not being as diverse as they could and should be in regards to the diverse German population.

In our Quiz “Diversity in German Higher Education” that we present to you today in an updated and revised form, you can test your knowledge and get to know more facts about diversity in German universities.

Good luck!

English version // Find the German version here

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