We are taking a two-week summer break. We will be back again on August 3rd. Until then, enjoy the sun!
Quiz night! With the new Diversity Quiz you can test and deepen your knowledge about the subject Diversity. Eight different questions are meant to encourage reflection and highlight where diversity is part of our university life. You can find the quiz in the ILIAS under "Further offers" ("Weitere Angebote").
About 10.2 million people with disabilities live in Germany. At German universities about 11% of the students have a health impairment, 149 employees of the HHU have a severe disability (as of 2018). About 96% of the disabilities are only acquired in the course of life and are not congenital. Although people with disabilities are thus the largest minority worldwide, they are still denied many human rights, such as the right to education and work, the right to a self-determined life and to participate in society. As early as 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has since then regularly reviewed the states that have signed it. Germany has also been a signatory for 11 years and is now being examined for the second time. More information on the convention, dates and facts about inclusion in Germany and a short summary of the first audit results can be found at aktionmensch.de or behindertenrechtskonvention.info.
Dr. Aniela Knoblich, Head of the Gender and Diversity Unit at the University of Freiburg, describes the opportunities arising from the flexibilisation of working and study conditions caused by the pandemic, but also the social inequalities that are being exacerbated as a result. "We know that not all employees are able to fit the common work model - for example due to illness. But this doesn't say anything about someone's performance. Sitting at your desk in the office doesn't equal performance." In an interview with the magazine of the University of Freiburg, she explains what we can learn from the pandemic in the long run and how working from home can lead to higher mutual respect and appreciation. The article "Diversity and Pandemic. Lessons learnt" shows that the sentence "This is how we have always done it!" becomes less important these days. The interview and the report can be found at www.diversity.uni-freiburg.de.
The current unique situation with the restriction of face-to-face courses and the establishment of online formats in teaching offers us all new possibilities and opportunities for innovation, but also poses new challenges for teachers and students alike. The two recommendations are therefore intended to provide all students with useful tips for successful participation in online teaching and show teachers organisational and technical possibilities to support their students in their efforts. A main focus of the papers is on students with disabilities or chronic illnesses. The two documents can be found here.