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January 2020

Diversity-Prize 2020: Here's what the prizewinners say

Diversity does not "only" mean inclusion and gender equality, diversity offers opportunities for all members of society: "Without diversity there is ultimately no progress, neither culturally nor scientifically," states Prof. Dr. Franz, prizewinner from the group of university lecturers 2019. Do you know lecturers at the HHU who integrate aspects of the diversity dimensions into their teaching? Or who are perhaps doing research on one of these topics? Until 15th of February members of the HHU can be nominated for the Diversity Prize.

Mentorship meeting of the Faculty of Philosophy - Award of certificates of voluntary work

The mentoring program of the Institute of Philosophy enables students to be accompanied by a practitioner through the final phase of their studies up to their entry into professional life. Within this framework, students and business people had the opportunity to exchange ideas and establish contacts at the fifth mentoring meeting at Schloss Mickeln. One highlight of the evening: The awarding of honorary certificates for committed mentors. You can find the full report of the event here.

Diversity-Prize 2020: Here's what the prizewinners say

"The aim is to promote the talents of the individual better and to remove obstacles that prevent individuals from being able to use certain talents. This will benefit the individual, and the university as a whole." That is how Christof Neumann describes diversity work on the HHU campus. He is the winner of the 2019 Diversity Award in the group of employees and calls for candidates to be nominated for the Diversity Award 2020. Join in! Until 15.02.2020 at bit.do/divpreis.

20th of January 2020: World-Religion-Day

On January 19th 2020 was the World Day of Religions. We would like to take this as an opportunity to introduce you to four quite unknown religions that are practiced in Germany:

The Baháʼí Faith originated in Iran and has between 6.000 and 12.000 followers in Germany. The belief in the unity of mankind in its diversity plays a central role, as well as the independent search for truth, the equality of women and men and the reduction of prejudices.

Daoism is a Chinese philosophy and religion with about 1.900 followers* in Germany. The highest goal is the eternal bliss as an immortal, physically or after death. The teachings of Yin and Yang, but also techniques like Qigong and Alchemy are part of the philosophy. Through naturalness and spontaneity one can adapt to the course of events and attain a state of serenity.

The Yezidism originates from the region of Kurdistan, about 100.000 Yezidis live in Germany. The central figure next to the creator god "Ezid" is the "angel peacock" (Kurdish: Tausi Melek), who was chosen by God as the highest of the seven angels. Yezidi reject the dualism of God and the devil, along with the denial of a hell-paradise idea.

The Sikh religion originated in Northern India in the 15th century, there live about 10,000-20,000 Sikhs in Germany. The religion emphasizes the unity of creation, tolerance towards other religions and the equality of all people and genders. Sikhs assume that every action and every thought will have a consequence, a natural law of cause and effect.

Sources: www.wikipedia.de/Bahaitum; /Daoismus; /Jesiden; /Sikhismus; www.bpb.de; www.welt.de; www.bahai.de; www.taiji-forum.de

Diversity-Prize 2020: Here's what the prizewinners say

"Nominate people who stand out positively, who are actively committed to the diversity on campus, and make sure that they too can receive this recognition through the Prize," says Katharina Sternke, winner of the 2019 Diversity-Prize from the group of students.

Nominations can be submitted until 15.02. at bit.do/divpreis.

Number of the month: January

The number of the month: There are 88 female and 268 male professors at the HHU (as of December 2018). In total, however, 47.7% of the scientific staff are female.
Further information on other aspects of the dimension "sex and gender" and even more facts and figures can be found here.
Gender was only surveyed in the characteristics male / female.


Transnational Queer Intersections

Transnational Queer Intersections is an international workshop of the Department of Modern Japanese Studies of HHU. On 25th of January in the “Haus der Universität”.

Invitation from the department of accessibility (AStA)

Exchange for interested persons & students with disabilities and chronic illness.
Ask all questions about studying with chronic illness and disability. Catering for the physical well-being is provided.
Dates: January 14th and January 16th each at 4 pm in the Campus Vita
A prior notification is not necessary.


Happy New Year

On January 1st a new year begins in most regions of the world. But not everywhere people live by the Gregorian calendar and in many cultures other New Year holidays are so important that they have "survived" the calendar change.
In Chinese culture, New Year is based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar - in 2020, New Year falls on January 25th. To protect against a New Year monster, the New Year is celebrated with a lot of noise and the colours red and gold.
Jews celebrate their New Year celebrations Rosh ha-Shana (Hebrew: head of the year) on the first two days of the month Tishri in the Jewish calendar. In 2020 this will be on the 19th and 20th of September. Rosh ha-Shana is also the day of judgment in Judaism. Until Yom Kippur, ten days later, it is decided who will be inscribed in the Book of Life and who in the Book of the Dead.
For Muslims, New Year celebrations commemorate the Prophet Mohammed's migration from Mecca to Medina in 622, but in Islam, New Year is not a day of celebration but of remembrance. In 2020 New Year in Islam falls on August 20th.

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