Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of ASH Berlin
The mission statement of the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences wishes for a respectful, open, fair and reliable interaction with one another. This demand is constantly challenged by societal phenomena such as racism and discrimination. EmpA therefore aims to use an empowerment approach to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color*.
In line with the needs that students bring directly to us, we offer various formats to connect, exchange and learn. In addition, we advise and train university staff on implementing anti-racist measures to improve the overall study conditions. Together with many committed members of the university, we would like to influence the Alice Salomon University to become as racism-sensitive a place as possible.
People of Color is an alliance term that establishes links between people who experience racism (cf. FemoCo 2013). However, the term is also controversially discussed within different communities. Numerous other self-designations have been used as alternatives to racist foreign designations.
Contact and Office Hours
We offer the following formats. To find out more about our offers, please feel free to write us.
The PowerReunion is a monthly program offered during the lecture period for (international) students who experience racism and/or with a refugee background. The meetings focus on getting to know each other, networking and exchange. The dates for the PowerReunion can be found in the showcase of the International Office on the ground floor - next to the elevator - and on next to their office on the 3rd Floor (R345) or can be requested by E-Mail. The PowerReunion is a space of retreat exclusively for Student who experience racism in Germany and thus a central component of the empowerment work at the ASH.
The PowerTalk is a peer-to-peer discussion service for ALL students who wish to have individual and confidential talks with the EmpA team. If you have something on your mind, if you want to develop ideas, tips and possibilities for action together with us for your studies or a completely different area of your life, the PowerTalk is right for you. The PowerTalk takes place every tuesday from 4pm to 6pm in the StuPa-Office R019
PowerWorkshops on Empowerment and Awareness for students as well as staff members of the university. If you have any ideas as to which topics and questions we should cover, please feel free to contact us. Find out more about upcoming Workshops on our german homepage here.
EmpA has also established a student expert Forum, PowerExperts, for International and BIPoC students to present their research and expertise (not only) in the context of racism, migration and empowerment. Do you have a topic that you would like to share and discuss with other students in an empowerment-oriented space? Then write to us! We would like to invite PowerExperts 1-2 times per semester. You can find more Information (in German) regarding current Events here.
Pasquale Virginie Rotter
Project Coordination Empowerment
Office hours (on Appointment)
Student Assistants of EmpA
Inés Heider and Trovania Delille
"Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin" (EmpA) is a project of the International Office, financed by the DAAD.
Pasquale Virginie Rotter: "Empowerment und Sensibilisierung"(Empowerment and Awareness). The Article was first publisched in the alice 36 in the winter semester 2018/19.