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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 >


Almut Dietrich

Studied special needs education (FH), three-year extra-occupational training as Systemic Therapist (DGSF - German Society for Systemic Family Therapy)

Continuing education in focusing, working with groups, and adult education. more >

Marina Nikitina

Specialist for communication and ADE secretary since 2010. more >

Eleni Christoffers

Master Student of Religious Studies at the University of Bremen. She has been working as a student assistant at ADE since November 2017. more >

Yezenia León Mezu

Student of Protestant Theology at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and Hispanic Studies at the University of Bremen In Master. Since November 2018 she has been working as a student assistant in the ADE. more >



Our goals

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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 work is based on a relationship of trust with our employer and consulting clientele, while respecting mutual interests and limitations. We advise on the basis of a legally protected relationship of confidentiality. To this end, the University Executive Board has agreed to an explicit right to silence.


Quality assurance

For us, quality means consistent solution- and result-oriented work. In order to secure and expand our professional activities, we implement professional quality assurance procedures: collegial case discussion, regular supervision, further and continuing education, continuous study of the literature. In addition, we also reflect on our work in the context of different networking contexts. We work resource-oriented: We clarify the organizational resources and the individual resources, check the cost-benefit ratio, and take this into account in our offers.

Role clarity

Role distance and clarity is a central requirement for our work. Once we accept an assignment, we feel connected to our clientele on a human, ethical and legal level and with regard to defined goals and expectations. For this reason, we consider a binding clarification of goals and assignments as well as a clear framework for cooperation to be indispensable.


Our history

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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 Advisory and Information Centre against Discrimination & Violence – Expertise and Conflict Counseling 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 >