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May 2020

Diversity Day 2020

The 26th of May is German Diversity Day! The current situation poses great challenges for society. What counts now is unity - our ideas of an appreciative society are more relevant than ever. That's why we too are showing #flagfordiversity today and tomorrow - even if initially online. Join in and show us where diversity can unite despite social distancing! A Diversity Quiz of the "Charta der Vielfalt" can be found at www.charta-der-vielfalt.de/.../


Conspiracy Theories

"Should we stop being committed to such values as tolerance, liberalism and freedom as well as the evidence-based search for truth, we not only endanger these values but also any further progress. In an age that declares simple untruths as "alternative facts" and scientific findings as "fake news", these values are more important than ever before. Just as Heine worked towards the formation of an emancipated and enlightened middle class, HHU is also concerned that citizens receive an unprejudiced overview of political, economic and social developments. This is how the HHU explains its orientation as a citizens' university. More information on conspiracy theories can be found  on the website of the Federal Agency for Civic Education.


International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia

Since 2005, the International Day against Homo-, Bi-, Inter- and Transphobia has been celebrated annually on May 17th by homosexuals, later also trans-, bi- and intersexuals. The date was chosen to commemorate 17 May 1990, the date on which the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic key for diseases. Transsexuality was not deleted as a "disease" by the WHO until 2018. On May 7th this year, the Bundestag also decided to ban so-called conversion therapies for minors, as well as the advertising of such therapies.

Looking for language buddies!

We are looking for language buddies for the participants of DAAD German classes who are willing to video chat with the participants in German. Due to the german lessons now taking place online, the speaking opportunities are too limited and the students (B2 and C1 level) wish to have more contact to German speakers. The project will start in mid-May and will last for about 3 months. You should be available once a week for 45 to 60 minutes for a "call". You can select the topics in advance (e.g. holidays, favourite food and recipe ideas etc.) If you are interested, please contact us by 15 May at diversity@hhu.de. You can also specify the gender you would want your buddy to have and whether you wish them to only be up to 30 years old or older.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Hanna (SSC - Hanna.Sommer@hhu.de) and Anna (KoDi - Anna.Hollstegge@hhu.de)

ArbeiterKind.de turns 12!

On May 5th 2008, the internet portal "ArbeiterKind.de" went online for the first time. The diversity coordination office wishes you all the best for your 12th birthday! By now, about 6,000 volunteers in 80 local groups belong to the network around the non-profit organization. They encourage students from families without university experience to be the first in their family to study. But ArbeiterKind.de also offers support during the course of studies and when starting a career, from open gatherings to share experiences, to workshops and seminars, and help with financing your studies. We want to seize the moment to gibe thanks tot he local group of Arbeiterkind.de in Düsseldorf fort he ongoing support, especially concerning our buddy programme „1st Generation@HHU“!

Diversity workshop in June 2020

On 15th and 16th of June 2020 the Diversity Coordination Office will be offering a Diversity Training, open for all interested employees and students of HHU.The training is planned to be held in attendance, though if necessary it can be turned into an online event. Register by mail to . Click here for more information.

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