The Critical Diversity Blog is a project of the working group Critical Diversity at the Berlin University of the Arts. It collects reports, conversations, texts, and artistic contributions on diversity and anti-discrimination. All members of UdK Berlin are welcome to submit their contributions. This will allow for a detailed picture of moments and structures of discrimination at an art university to emerge.
In addition, the blog offers the possibility to leave anonymized reports of experienced or observed discrimination at the university through an online form to all UdK members (including alumni). A list of initiatives engaging in anti-discrimination work at UdK Berlin simplifies access to information and – in case of discrimination – to contact persons.
We thank the university management of UdK Berlin for their support.
Members of the Working Group Critical Diversity
The AG Critical Diversity is an initiative of the Commission for Equal Opportunities.
It is an association of actors in the field of anti-discrimination at UdK Berlin.
Loran Celebi, AStA’s Referee for Anti-Discrimination, KfC
İpek Çınar, AStA’s Referee for Diversity and Social Justice
Dr. Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz, Anti-Discrimination & Diversity Manager
Claudia Hummel, Scientific Lecturer, Faculty of Fine Arts, formerly KfC
Romy Kiessling, Scientific Lecturer, Faculty of Design, KfC
Dr. Henrike Lehnguth, Central Women’s Representative
Katharina Lüdin, Faculty of Design, KfC, formerly StuPa
Prof. Dr. Nanna Lüth, Faculty of Fine Arts, formerly KfC
Johanna Madden, Student, Faculty of Music, part-time Women’s Representative
Helena Rauch, Faculty of Fine Arts, StuPa
Dalís Pacheco, Faculty of Design, KfC, StuPa
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Peters, Faculty of Design, KfC
Prof. Mathilde ter Heijne, Faculty of Fine Arts, KfC
Heidi Umbach, Management ZIW / Berlin Career College, KfC
Juana Awad, Former Scientific Coordinator, Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”, formerly KfC
Tashy Endres, Former Research Assistant, Faculty of Design
Dr. Maja Figge, formerly Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”
Samara Hammud, Former Student, Faculty of Design, KfC, I.D.A.
Sarah Naira Herfurth, Former Student, Faculty of Design, I.D.A.
Merle Krafeld, Former Student, Faculty of Music, KfC
Adela Lovrić, formerly ZIW / Berlin Career College
Prof. Dr. Katja Rothe, formerly Faculty of Performing Arts, KfC
Naile Tanış, Former Central Women’s Representative
Christina S. Zhu, Former Student, Former AStA’s Referee for Anti-Discrimination and Intercultural Affairs
Student Employees of the Working Group Critical Diversity
Elena Buscaino, Visual Communication, Faculty of Design
Katharina Lüdin, Art and Media, Faculty of Design
Editorial Team of the Critical Diversity Blog
Editors of the Critical Diversity Blog:
Elena Buscaino, Claudia Hummel, Katharina Lüdin, Nanna Lüth, Kathrin Peters, Mathilde ter Heijne
Design and implementation of the Critical Diversity Blog:
Elena Buscaino, Lukas Graf
Suggestions for texts, artistic contributions and talks are always welcome.
Framework for the development of a Diversity Policy
GENERAL EQUAL TREATMENT ACT
The General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG) is the uniform central body of regulations in Germany for the implementation of four European anti-discrimination directives that have been issued since 2000. It came into force on 18 August 2006.
STATE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT
The State Anti-Discrimination Act (LADG) is the central anti-discrimination law key project of the Berlin Senate. The Chamber of Deputies passed it in its session on 04.06.2020
UNIVERSITY CONTRACT OF THE BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
The current university contract of the Berlin University of the Arts (PDF) runs from 2018 to 2022, and the UdK’s Diversity Policy must be adopted by 2022 at the latest.
GUIDELINES ON GENDER JUSTICE AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AT THE UDK BERLIN
Directive on protection against (sexualised) discrimination, harassment and violence. The Directive entered into force on 29 June 2019. It is accompanied by the establishment of the Confidence Council (Vertrauensrat), which provides information on (sexualised) discrimination, harassment and violence, supports those affected, and recommends preventive measures.
UDK BROCHURE ON SEXUALISED DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE
STATUTE FOR THE REALISATION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The far-reaching statute was unanimously adopted by the Academic Senate on 6 May 2020 and is now before the Berlin Senate for examination.
MEASURES FOR MORE GENDER JUSTICE AT THE UDK BERLIN
The measures are based on the statute for equal opportunities and regulate the recognition and integration of non-binary gender identities, the recognition and integration of self-chosen first names and the introduction of up to 50% gender-neutral toilets.
Critical Diversity Policy of the Berlin University of the Arts
On December 7th, 2022, the Critical Diversity Policy – Concept for Antidiscrimination and Diversity of the UdK Berlin – was unanimously approved by the Academic Senate of the UdK Berlin after many years of intensive work by various actors and committees.