Universität Hamburg Equal Opportunity Prize
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The Equal Opportunity Prize for outstanding, visible, and sustainable activities promoting gender equality in the areas of gender and diversity will be awarded in 2022 for the seventh time.
Worth €10,000, the prize is presented to individual members, groups of members, or organizational units of the University who have served as role models in dealing constructively with diversity and who have made lasting contributions to strengthening heterogeneity and equality at the University.
The prize should recognize the following:
- exemplary activities for constructively handling and promoting diversity at the University in studying and teaching, research, and administration
- projects involving university-related research in the field of diversity, women’s issues, and gender
- outstandingly successful implementation of equal opportunity plans
The Academic Senate decides to whom the prize will be awarded, whether individuals, multiple individuals, or groups. The Equal Opportunity Prize is presented in a public awards ceremony.
2020 Equal Opportunity Prize
The 2020 Equal Opportunity Prize has gone to 3 projects involved in equal opportunity work at Universität Hamburg.
Physik-Projekt-Tage organizes workshops that are designed to inspire students in the final 2 years of secondary education to engage with topics related to physics, the natural sciences, and technical subjects. The 4-day workshops have taken place since 2018 and include an extensive supporting program. The project makes an outstanding contribution toward increasing the proportion of women in physics and other disciplines within the natural sciences. Physik-Projekt-Tage has won the Equal Opportunity Prize worth €10,000.
Two nonmonetary prizes were also awarded. The first has gone to the project BWLternzeitmodell (Faculty of Business Administration parental leave model), which aims to improve the balance between family life and work life while ensuring planning security for positions attached to professorships. The second nonmonetary prize was awarded to the Faculty of Law’s equal opportunity team for its extraordinary commitment and efforts toward gender equality issues.
2019 Equal Opportunity Prize
The 2019 prize for outstanding, visible, and sustainable commitment to equal opportunity in the areas of gender justice, diversity, and the compatibility of work or study and family life has been awarded to the Career Center at Universität Hamburg. In line with the motto “Looking ahead with courage and confidence,” the Career Center staff offers guidance to roughly 6,000 students annually as they transition from their studies to work or doctoral studies. In all of the workshops and talks that it offers, the Career Center consistently integrates gender and diversity themes and advocates for gender justice, diversity, and the compatibility of family and studies or work, whether at a structural or individual level.
Awarding of the Equal Opportunity Prize in June 2019 (Source: UHH/Saint Pere)
In her awards ceremony speech, Gabriele Löschper, the dean and long-standing Career Center pioneer, looked back at the Center’s history, from its beginnings in 2001 as the Women’s Career Center to its opening in 2007 as a general career center. This did not simply mean that it opened its doors to all genders; “rather,” said Löschper, “it clearly and decidedly focused both then and now on gender or, more generally, diversity, as we would express it today.”
She emphasized how important it is for the University to offer a range of educational opportunities that allows university graduates to assume responsible roles in society and to make sound decisions about these. The Career Center, said Löschper, meets this challenge “in prize-worthy fashion.” She also stressed that, in addition to providing guidance to students, the Career Center contributes significantly to structural change: “The staff places equal value on dialog with industry, and helping to incorporate diversity in public discourse and strengthen it through new ideas.”
Gabriele Löschper concluded her congratulatory speech with the wish that the staff of the Career Center maintain “its exemplary courage and contagious confidence.” She also expressed best wishes for the next 82 years, when the Career Center can celebrate its 100th anniversary.
2018 Equal Opportunity Prize
Universität Hamburg has awarded the Equal Opportunity Prize 2018 to the organizational team of the Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship Program in the CUI cluster of excellence in recognition of their commitment to empowering (early career) female researchers in physics, a commitment that positively affects the entire scientific community.
The guest professorship program is named after Mildred Dresselhaus, a professor of physics and electrical engineering († 2017) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and recipient of numerous distinctions. The program is one of the University’s central measures to promote women in the CUI cluster of excellence. Every year, it awards a prize to 2 outstanding (inter)national female researchers (senior and junior recipients) which includes a research stay in Hamburg for each recipient. Ten female researchers have received the award since the founding of the cluster in 2012. They conduct research with colleagues at the CUI and continue this research when the program ends, enriching the scientific community with their outstanding expertise. This award also confers greater visibility. Recipients act as strong role models and support equal opportunity measures at the research campus Bahrenfeld and beyond.
The Mildred Dresselhaus Program is, therefore, a shining example of how to link excellent research with focused equal opportunity efforts.
2017 Equal Opportunity Prize
The Equal Opportunity Prize 2017 (first awarded in 1997 and previously known as the Women’s Advancement Prize) has been awarded to Universität Hamburg for the second time. The award of €10,000 was shared equally between joint prize-winners Prof. Dr. Nora Markland and her team at the Refugee Law Clinic and Prof. Dr. Martina Neuburger, who leads the Critical Geographies of Global Inequalities research group. The judges were especially impressed by the prizewinning teams’ extraordinary commitment to creating equal opportunities for refugees in the university environment and in their everyday lives.
The Refugee Law Clinic is made up of law students who have undergone an innovative form of legal training, incorporating relevant aspects of legal practice from the fields of asylum and immigration law. Through this, they have gained particular skills in working with diversity and avoiding discriminatory practices, and in taking on social responsibility. The Refugee Law Clinic team, under the leadership of Professor Nora Markard, helps to empower people seeking legal advice who may be subject to a number of disadvantages.
Through her teaching and research activities, Martina Neuburger, a professor at Universität Hamburg, promotes easier access to university for people who do not hold a standard qualification, for example because their qualifications have been awarded abroad or are not academically recognized. She helps identify creative solutions to increase flexibility in the workplace while addressing diversity requirements and incorporating discourse on racism awareness, diversity, and gender in the university environment. In this way, she helps to raise awareness of these subjects among students and faculty members. Her research and teaching activities highlight feminist/decolonial theory and consider the dynamics of power in empirical research, drawing attention to local practices of resistance in everyday life.
2016 Equal Opportunity Prize
For the first time, the Women’s Advancement Prize of Universität Hamburg—established in 1997—was awarded as the Equal Opportunity Prize for outstanding, visible, and sustainable activities promoting equal opportunity in the areas of gender and diversity.
The 2016 Universität Hamburg Equal Opportunity Prize worth €10,000 goes to the PIASTA Intercultural Tutor Program Team. PIASTA, which stands for “Program International for All Students and Alumni,” is an intercultural team of sixty-three members in the Department of International Affairs at Universität Hamburg whose goal it is to support successful and active intercultural living and learning at the University. The majority of the events and workshops are led by students for students. Doctoral students and alumni are also a part of the target group.
PIASTA is being honored for promoting constructive ways of dealing with diversity and improving equal opportunity for international students at Universität Hamburg. PIASTA has been also awarded for promoting a welcoming culture and providing opportunities for networking and contact between international and local students by offering a diverse program consisting of the following: welcoming activities, social activities, language exchange, specific workshops and seminars, advising for international students, and certificates for cultural skills. Students and alumni are actively involved in all of these areas.
2015 Women’s Advancement Prize
The 2015 Women’s Advancement Prize was awarded to the
The 2015 Women’s Advancement Prize of Universität Hamburg was formally awarded on 23 June 2015 at the Equal Opportunity Unit of Universität Hamburg.
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2014 Women’s Advancement Prize
The 2014 Women’s Advancement Prize was awarded to the
The 2014 Women’s Advancement Prize of Universität Hamburg was formally awarded on 30 June 2014 at the University Guest House.
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2013 Women’s Advancement Prize
The 2013 Women’s Advancement Prize was awarded to
- Prof. Dr. Anita Engels in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences (in German only) and
- Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lembke in the Faculty of Law.
The 2013 Women’s Advancement Prize of Universität Hamburg was formally awarded on 3 June 2013 at the University Guest House.
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2012 Women’s Advancement Prize
The 2012 Women’s Advancement Prize was awarded to the
- Equal Opportunity Team in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement Science and the
- Center for Expert Mentoring (in German only).
The 2012 Women’s Advancement Prize of Universität Hamburg was formally awarded on 11 June 2012 at the University Guest House.
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