It is a special concern of the Muthesius University to create an atmosphere in which the individuality of all members of the university is promoted and perceived as an enrichment. Primary focus is given to the equal opportunities of all students in all areas of university policy and study.
Mindful and appreciative co-operation between teaching staff, employees and students forms the core of the concerns of equal opportunities work. It is thus of crucial importance that the Equal Opportunities Commission is firmly anchored in the structure of the university in order to ensure these values.
The Equal Opportunities Commission provides an independent advisory service to all members of the university and is responsible for the implementation of various projects.
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The Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commissioner
Equal Opportunities is an issue which links all areas of the university and to which the board of the Equal Opportunities Commission is dedicated.
As the spokesperson elected by the Senate, the Equal Opportunities Commissioner (EOC), Katharina Jesdinsky (and Kerstin Mayer as her deputy) represents the interests of all members of the university with regard to equal opportunities.
She advises and supports the university board as well as the central committees in all issues relating to its equal opportunities mandate. The cross-sectional issue of equal opportunities covers all areas of the university. With regard to the university administration, human resources development, research, teaching and studying the Equal Opportunities Commissioner has the right to take an active part in all aspects of equal opportunities.
The EOC is the confidential contact person for all equal opportunity issues at the Muthesius University. She can be contacted in person during office hours or by e-mail:
Katharina Jesdinsky firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kerstin Mayer (deputy EOC) email@example.com
The Equal Opportunities Commission consists of the Equal Opportunities Commissioner (EOC), his or her representative, and the support staff of different status groups, who are elected by the Senate.
The members of the committee co-operate for the benefit of equal opportunities of all members of the university. In its meetings the Commission collects problem issues and develops concrete ways to solve them.
Members of the Equal Opportunities Commission are:
Katharina Jesdinsky (Equal Opportunities Commissioner)
Dr. Kerstin Mayer (deputy EOC)
Merle Marie Eckert (Masters Student)
Sarah Göbels (Masters Student)
Tasks and Objectives of the Equal Opportunities Commission
The task and objectives of the equal opportunities work at the Muthesius are based on the guiding principle of “diversity”. The aim is to promote the diversity of individuals and to achieve equal opportunities for all, in particular to:
- support women and eliminate their discrimination in all areas of the university;
- promote the compatibility of family and studying, and support (single-parent) students with children;
- recognise and accept all identity concepts (LGBTIQ*) beyond binary gender order and heterosexuality;
- include people with particular physical and psychological health issues;
- promote equal opportunities in all areas relating to individuality.
Equal Opportunities for Women
The promotion of women and equal opportunities work are cross-cutting issues taken into account in all areas of the Muthesius University: in teaching, research and studies, in the university administration, organisational and human resources development.
Equal opportunities work is focused on factually implementing equal opportunities for men and women. There is no longer a lack of legal or organisational regulations hindering equal opportunities for women, e.g. for professorships or other leading positions at the university. Rather, it is the continuous interaction of structural and individual factors which is responsible for the still existent imbalance. In the sense of Gender Mainstreaming, the university strives to eliminate existing gender barriers via measures to promote women by assessing the gender-sensitive impact of the consequences of all decision-making processes.
The university would like to actively counter gender stereotypes which still affect and influence society, and women themselves, in the choice of their careers. The majority of the student body at the Muthesius is female. Thus, the university sees itself as particularly responsible in supporting this group and paving the best possible way forward towards a career.
“Diversity” – or The Acceptance of and Equal Opportunities of Diversity
In the sense of the diversity approach, the Muthesius University has all the diversity characteristics in its sights. It endeavours to create a working, teaching and learning environment which offers everyone equal treatment, equal opportunities for participation and equal development possibilities regardless of their different ascribed or self-defined gender.
Due to its international orientation and its high proportion of foreign students, regard for its intercultural nature is of prominent importance.
For the Muthesius University, inclusion means affiliation: each person, with or without disability, should be able to become involved in all areas of university life. The university promotes openness, tolerance and co-operation so that all members of the university can learn and work together. Inclusion is a human right enshrined in the UN Convention on Human Rights – its basis is tolerance.
Studying with Children
Bringing up children during studies is a demanding task for all concerned. The Muthesius University is aware that parents who study, particularly single parents, bear several different burdens. The university promotes all framework conditions for the compatibility of parenting, studying, and work respectively.
Please contact us in person with regard to all the points on equal opportunities mentioned above:
Services of the University with Regard to Equal Opportunities
Babysitter Service / Child Supervision
“Kinderfreund*innen” [“Children’s Friends”] is an initiative of the Equal Opportunities Commissioner which caters for the needs of parents, in order to organise studying with children more easily.
It is available as the workspace “Kinderfreund*innen” on the INCOM website.
The consultation hours of the Equal Opportunities Commission offer the chance to address personal problems or suggestions to the Commission.
Katharina Jesdinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Kerstin Mayer (email@example.com)
Merle Marie Eckert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sarah Göbels (email@example.com)
Christmas Party and Summer Festival of the Commission
Regular events in a relaxed atmosphere during the semester offer networking opportunities and the chance to have open discussions about equal opportunity issues.
All members of the university can book an appointment with the Psychologist Dr Aldenhoff (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org), if they feel in need of professional help.
Yoga for the Creative
In co-operation with the Yoga School Eva Ehmer the university offers yoga courses which are explicitly adapted to the needs of creative talents.
The Café International is a contact point for foreign students who would like to facilitate their integration. It is located next to the office of the AStA [Students’ Council].