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Our team

Ursel Gerdes

Studied to be a teacher, three-year extra-occupational training in social therapy counseling, three-year extra-occupational training in supervision and organizational consulting, many years of experience in vocational training and continuing education. more >

Kim Annakathrin Ronacher

Cultural scientist (M.A. Transcultural Studies, B.A. Cultural Studies and Gender Studies), systemic coach (UoAS Potsdam) as well as supervisor and organizational consultant (DGSv) in training, further training in diversity management. more >

Sewita Mebrahtu

Lawyer (LL.M. European and International Law, LL.B. Social Law).
In-service training as a counsellor with a focus on anti-discrimination.
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Almut Dietrich

Studied special needs education (UoAS Potsdam), three-year extra-occupational training as Systemic Therapist (DGSF).
Continuing education in focusing, working with groups, and adult education. more >

Our goals

Our work and services are designed to promote the skilled handling of conflict, discrimination and violence in educational and work contexts.

Our work aims at promoting an organizational culture that is characterized by mutual respect and tolerance, in which conflicts are taken seriously and handled responsibly, and discrimination and violence are consistently prevented and accordingly sanctioned.

The above entails establishing diversity competence as a continuous practice of understanding and the responsible handling of differences among individuals, teams and organizations.

We meet these goals with a continuous reflection on our work as well as the endeavor and interest to continuously develop our working practices, our expertise and the range of methods and offerings, while adapting them to the respective developments and requirements. more >

Our values

Our history

The beginning

At the beginning of the 90s, female students and women from different scientific, technical and administrative departments of the University went public with their concerns. They called on the administration to act against recurring gender-based, sexualized discrimination at the University.

As a result, in 1992 the University's Academic Senate passed the “Directive prohibiting sexual discrimination”. In 1993, the Anti-Discrimination and Conflict Management Office was set up, ADE for short. The centre was initially equipped with one full-time and one three-year limited contract position. From the beginning, the aim was to create a framework that meets the requirements of the field of work and also ensures a collegial and professional exchange in terms of quality assurance. more >

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