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Advocacy Groups, Initiatives and Projects at MLU

At Martin-Luther-University there are numerous offers, initiatives and measures, which advocate equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. Below, you find an overview with brief information and additional links. Student initiatives were also included. In case you know of any offer that is missing in the overview, please contact us via with related information.


Complaints office of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG)

The General Equal Treatment Act (AGG)   , which came into force in 2006, is intended to prevent or rather eliminate discrimination on grounds of ethnical background, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity. It gives all employees of MLU the right to lodge a complaint at the complaints office (AGG), if they experienced disadvantages in connection with their employment on any of the grounds referred to by their employer, supervisors other employees or third persons.

Based on the directive in order to protect against discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence, people, who are not employees of MLU can address the complaints office as well, if their appeal is directed against a current or former employee of MLU.

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Die Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg ist offen für alle Menschen unabhängig von Religion und Kultur, Hautfarbe und Herkunft.

Anton Wilhelm Amo wurde als Kleinkind aus dem heutigen Ghana nach Europa verschleppt und an den Hof von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel verschenkt. Die Herzogsfamilie ermöglichte ihm eine vorzügliche Bildung, die ab 1727 zu Studien der Philosophie und Rechtswissenschaften in Halle und Wittenberg führte. Amo wurde 1734 promoviert und lehrte ab 1736 als Privatdozent in Halle und Jena. Da er sich aber permanenter fremdenfeindlicher Ausgrenzung ausgesetzt sah, kehrte er 1747 ins heutige Ghana zurück.

Im Andenken an Anton Wilhelm Amo und ihm zu Ehren wird der Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Preis (dotiert mit 1.000 Euro) verliehen für Diplom-, Magister-, Staatsexamens- und Masterarbeiten oder vergleichbare Leistungen, wobei bevorzugt Arbeiten von ausländischen Absolvent*innen berücksichtigt werden.

Working group inclusion

Established by the student council in 2013, the working group advocates for students with physical or mental impairment and/or chronic conditions. It aims to strengthen the awareness for inclusion in order for them to study self-determined. The working group wants to encourage the numerous students with disabilities at MLU to seek help. Therefore, it works closely with the representation/ representative for people with disabilities.

Find more information at the website of the working group or on their Facebook page   .

Working group international(s)

Studying abroad has long ceased to be a rarity worldwide. However, international students are often confronted with additional challenges that complicate their studies. The working group “international(s)” was established by and for international students and wants to be a contact point on eye level, where international students can deal with problems and develop solutions independently. The working group aims to devise concepts, which ease the university and everyday life of international students in Halle. It should allow participation in student life and in issues and processes on the political agenda in the field of higher education and therefore increase codetermination, visibility and representation. Furthermore, a transcultural exchange and multilingualism should be encouraged amongst students.

The working group offers a room, which is accessible to everyone and allows international students and other interested people a critical dialogue. Irrevocable foundation for this are a respectful communication and an open and impartial interaction with each other.

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Working group queer

The working group of the student council deals with the subject area of Queer Studies. The focus is on questioning what is self-evident and alleged Natural Orders around social categories, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disabilities. These categories of identity should be analyzed critically and their emergence questioned. Standardizing and normalizing mechanisms can be understood as forms of violence, because they marginalize all ways of life, which do not comply with (constructed) “normality”. The working group consists of students from many different fields, which organize lectures and other events in alternating constellations since winter semester 2008/2009.

Find more information at the website of the working group    or on their Facebook page   .

Working group Refugees Welcome

Since October 2015, refugees can visit lectures at MLU, regardless of their age, language skills and level of education. The working group of the student council organizes tandem partnerships (language learning groups), in which active students support refugee auditors in their university life and beyond that. Students of the degree course German as a foreign language offer a regular „German workshop” that aims to prepare refugees also linguistically for university. In perspective, the working group works to ensure that refugees can take up usual studies at MLU easier.

Find more information at the website of the working group or on their Facebook page   .

Working group sexual harassment

The working group comprises representatives of the equal opportunities office, the staff council, the personnel department, the complaints offices, the social- and conflict counseling, the student union, the office for the prevention of discrimination and sexual harassment as well as the student representation. It was founded in July 2013, after an increase of consultancy requests at the equal opportunities office and in connection with existing process sequences at MLU, which proved to be not ideal. The working group has made it an objective to optimize existing structures and to create new ones, to sensitize the members of university to the issue of sexual harassment and to improve the consultation and support of people affected.

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Working group studying with child(ren)

The working group of the student council wants to support students with child(ren) to balance studying and family. Therefore, it offers parents a platform for exchange of experiences and mutual support. Furthermore, there is a “kids’ island”, a space where children can play to their hearts’ content, which is located in the rooms of the student council. This also provides the opportunity to breastfeed or change the kids. A changing table with diapers is available for all studying parents. Moreover, the working group wants to take up suggestions for a better organization of studying with child(ren) and aims to implement them with the collaboration of university authorities.

Find more information at the website of the working group or on their Facebook page   .

Working group Trans*

The working group Trans* is a group of Trans* people, who study or work at MLU and already meet for a while in order to promote the improvement of studying and working conditions for trans* people at the university. In doing so, they are being supported by a couple of cisgender people, who are studying/working at university as well. Whoever wants to stand up for a trans* friendly university is invited to join the group.

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audit family-friendly university

The certificate “audit family-friendly university” is a recognized quality seal that is awarded by berufundfamilie gGmbH for a period of three years to those colleges and universities, which are characterized by a family-friendly engagement and practice sustainable family-oriented study and personnel policies. In 2009, the certificate was awarded to MLU for the first time and in 2012, it was successfully re-audited. In 2018, MLU was awarded for the fourth time in a row and may now bear the quality label permanently.

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Commissioner for foreigners

The commissioner for foreigners functions as a person of trust and a contact person for international students and scientists, for members and staff members of university and its facilities, in the event of problems within university, as well as problems with authorities and institutions of the city Halle. Moreover, he contributes to an improvement of study and mentoring conditions and can participate, upon request, as an observer in examinations in the sense of a process observer. Besides, he advises on the development and implementation of measures to further internationalize MLU.

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Counseling center and arrangements for refugees

For refugees interested in studying, MLU provides a free guest student program, language courses, tandem programs as well as an own study guidance.

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Der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) stellt den Universitäten jedes Jahr Mittel für die Auszeichnung einer*eines internationalen Studierenden oder Promotionsstudierenden zur Verfügung. Der Preis wird an eine Einzelperson vergeben. Er soll besondere akademische Leistungen und bemerkenswertes gesellschaftliches oder interkulturelles Engagement würdigen. Das Preisgeld beträgt 1.000 EUR.

Bewerber*innen sollten sich mindestens im 2. Studienjahr eines grundständigen Studienganges bzw. mindestens im 3. Semester eines Masterstudienganges befinden.

Es können sich nur internationale Studierende bewerben, die an der MLU in einem regulären Studiengang immatrikuliert sind (keine Gaststudierenden). Bewerber*innen müssen ihre Hochschulzugangsberechtigung an einer Schule im Ausland erworben haben (hierzu zählen auch deutsche Schulen im Ausland) oder im Ausland erworbene schulische Qualifikationen durch ein deutsches Studienkolleg ergänzt haben.

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Family representative

The family representatives of MLU are multipliers between the project group, students and employees. On issues concerning family equality, you can approach the family representative(s) of the university or the family representatives of the individual departments.

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Family Office

The family office is contact partner on the “audit family-friendly university”. It provides information and advice for students and employees of MLU relating to the reconciliation of work or studies and family life (bringing up children, caring for relatives etc.). Among many other offerings, the family office also advises on the topic of childcare during lectures.

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FEM POWER is a nationwide initiated program to promote and establish equal opportunities between women and men in the areas of science and research. At MLU it comprises the modules of „academic analysis of gender inequality and discrimination in the studies”, „increase of the share of female professors at MLU”, „Professionalizing through coaching” and the series of events „women in science”.

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Panel Legal Gender Studies

The panel Legal Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary event series that started in the winter semester of 2015/16 in the department of law. As an initiative of students and employees, the initiators are concerned to consider the proportion of law and gender relations from various academic perspectives. The perspective of Legal Gender Studies and feminist jurisprudence ought to be promoted as a fixed component also at MLU.

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gender*bildet (gender*educates)

The project gender*bildet aims to contribute to the extension of knowledge and competences of university members with regard to gender-related problems. Being designed for a period of three years, it provides lectures with respect to interdisciplinary Gender Studies or rather interconnects corresponding courses at MLU. Moreover, it encourages research projects in this field and makes them visible in teaching. The project comprises four modules, which cover the following fields:

  • offering of complementary studies with certificate of attendance
  • training courses in the field of gender-sensitive university didactics
  • offerings about the relevance of gender aspects in professional disciplines
  • distribution of gender competencies as a professional key qualification

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Equal opportunities office

Students and employees of the MLU can approach the equal opportunities office on all gender-relevant matters, in particular proposals regarding the improvement of gender equality at MLU, in the event of problems at the study or work place, in case of sexual harassment, when planning projects on gender equality or if they want to know more about the support options for women at MLU. Besides, the equal opportunities office is participating in a number of commissions of the university. Furthermore, the equal opportunities commissioners of the faculties function as contact persons.

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Halle postcolonial

The group Halle postcolonial was established by students of various branches of study and deals with post-colonial questions. Colonial continuities such as street names and incomplete historiography are inspected and critically examined in their impact on the perception of other people and cultures, as well as the generation of global relations of inequality and the manifestation of racist structures in our society. The group wants those topics to become more visible and contextualizes them in terms of contemporary discourses.

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Support for international students e.V. (HauS)

The association, established in 1994, supports international students that got into difficulties by no fault of them through membership fees and donations. The financial aid occurs after careful examinations within time-limits that are sufficiently short and unbureaucratically as possible, e.g. by covering the costs for rents, health insurance, aid for subsistence prior to intermediate or final examinations.

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Initiative neue plurale Ökonomik (initiative new plural economics)

The interdisciplinary student initiative set itself the task to create an educational offer through self-organized lectures, which meet the requirements of plurality in economic teaching. By this, they intend to stimulate a further debate on the monotony of economic teaching and to provide a platform to discuss various theories as well as current economic events. Because they also want to live the plurality they demand, they explicitly appeal against dogmatism and Group-Focussed Enmity and deal with questions of social inequality.

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Representative for people with disabilities

The representative for people with disabilities of the Academic Senate supports the efforts of the university, to enable students and employees with disabilities an equal participation in university life.

The employee of the representative for people with disabilities functions as a contact person, if study-related questions or other questions arise, due to disabilities or chronic conditions. Among other things, he informs about compensation for disadvantages, possible assistance for the duration of studies as well as opportunities for waivers for tuition fees of long-term students.

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International Office

MLU engages in a lively international exchange with universities all over the world. Approximate 2000 international students and 500 international academics invigorate the university and urban life day-to-day. The team of the international office advises them on financing and funding opportunities, care offers and language courses and supervises international guests and students on their way to MLU as well as during their stay. Along with the department of human resource development, the international office developed the certificate program “international competencies”, which contributes to the promotion of international competencies of employees through various offerings. Employees and apprentices receive the certificate, as soon as they successfully completed the modules “foreign language competence”, “intercultural awareness” and “international exchange”.

Find more information at the website of the International Office or on their Facebook page   .

Youth and trainee representatives (JAV)

For adolescents and apprentices the youth and trainee representatives (JAV) are the first contacts for all questions relating to work and apprenticeship, legal provisions as in labor law or regarding possible existing problems at work. Together with the staff council they form the representation of interests of adolescents and apprentices at MLU. They take charge of the situation of adolescents and apprentices and ensures that their interests are represented with competences, fantasy and energy.

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Commission for gender equality

The commission for gender equality is the plenum of the centralized and decentralized equal opportunities commissioners of MLU as well as their deputies. During the discussions, which take place every six weeks, gender equality policy strategies and the implementation of measures promoting equal treatment are discussed. Those responsible for different administrative sectors or protectorates as well as professional experts are invited on various topics.

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Kritische Jurist_innen: Recht im Kontext (critical lawyers: law in context)

The open, democratically organized group established by law students has a critical look at jurisprudence, legal sciences and law in the social and political context. The critical engagement happens through discussions, lectures, workshops, reading law critical texts together, visits of conferences and congresses as well as the observation of lawsuits and demonstrations.

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Mentoring-Program for junior scientists

In January 2012 the first mentoring-year for doctoral candidates and postdocs started according to the motto “in tandem to success”. Since then, mentoring is entrenched as a gender-sensitive instrument of personell development. The main focus of the mentoring-program is on the informal knowledge and experience transfer for the development and pursuit of individually viable strategies in an academic career between junior scientists (mentees) and professors (mentors).

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Mentoring & Coaching Program MeCoSa 4.0

MeCoSa 4.0 is a mentoring and coaching-program of the universities and higher education institutions of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt for women in STEM-subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The mentoring consists of a solid framework program, networking meeting and an individual mentor-mentee-relation. The personal contact is of primary importance and aims to exchange knowledge and experience between an executive from any scientific or economic interest and junior employee. Participants can use the individually adapted mentoring as a springboard for their career and expand their key competencies by offered workshops.

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The nationwide and web-based STEM correspondence-circle aims to establish an offering for female pupils, which conveys the topicality and versatility of the subject STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), in order to produce and consolidate a fundamental interest, which affects the later choice of a STEM degree program in a positive, lasting way.

The key factor behind the project idea is the outstanding difference of the large number of female students in the degree courses of agricultural and nutrition sciences, in comparison to the low numbers of female students in the “pure” STEM subjects, such as mathematics, chemistry or computer sciences.

Together with female professors, lecturers and students of various STEM degree courses of Halle university, exciting tasks from different STEM areas are put together for the correspondence-circle and carried out four times per school year. During every run the participants are assisted by qualified mentors.

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Mit Sicherheit verliebt (safely in love)

"Mit Sicherheit verliebt" is a student’ sex education program that supports pupils from grades 7-10 to develop a self-determined, reflected (healthy) relationship to their sexuality. For this purpose, students organize project days in order to integrally educate adolescents on puberty, the first time, contraceptives, pornography, sexual/gender diversity etc. The topics are imparted playfully and at eye level. Due to the small age gap a casual atmosphere is created, in which pupils can feel free to ask important questions and are provided with answers and explanations.

“Safely in love” is a project of the federal representation of medical students in Germany (Bundesvertretung der Medizinstudierenden in Deutschland e.V.) and was established in 2001 in the presence of the former Minister of Health Andrea Fischer. Since then, the prevention project is deeply rooted in the work of the medical students council and connects various medical faculties in Germany.

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Compensation for disadvantages

Compensations for disadvantages are an instrument, in order to create equal opportunities for students, whose health situation affects their studies. Thereby it is insignificant, if it is a visible or invisible disability, a partial inefficiency (such as dyslexia), a mental or physical condition. An individual assessment takes place and the measures are aligned after the needs of the persons concerned.In order to have a compensation for disadvantages, people affected need to file an application in time and to show a medical certificate that provides information on duration, severity and effects of the mental or physical condition. On the grounds of data protection a detailed diagnosis does not occur. There are compensations in the area of study and exam achievements (such as extensions, exceptions from compulsory attendance, extended examination time, taking the examination in a separate room without disturbances, usage of technical devices or assistance, change of examination method) and in connection with the access to university (correction of average grade or waiting period). Also with regards to the claim for payment of long-term tuition fees, you can make use of compensations where appropriate. The application shall be confidential and must not be mentioned in certificates. The staff member of the representative for people with disabilities advises and supports, if you have any questions regarding the compensation of disadvantages.

Staff Committee

The staff committee is the representation of interests, elected by employees of the MLU. It participates, among other things, in recruitment processes and salary-based classifications and supports employees in executing their rights. The staff committee ensures that conditions, established for the benefit of employees, are respected. It records suggestions and complaints of employees, promotes equality between women and men, inclusion and career development of severely disabled employees and internationals, and cooperates with the youth and trainee representatives (JAV). The staff committee can propose measures that serve the university and its employees.

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Office for the Prevention of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg attaches great importance to a non-discriminatory and non-violent interaction, an equal and trustworthy collaboration as well as good working and study conditions. Thus, it has adopted a Directive on the protection against discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence and established a prevention office. It’s function is, to actively support the implementation of the Directive and to optimize current process options, in order to ensure an effective protection against discrimination, (sexual) harassment and violence, as well as expert support for people affected.

This includes the conception of various formats of further training and a target-group specific public outreach, as well as the support of university internal and external networking in the prevention of discrimination and counseling for victims. In addition, it actively supports the working group “sexual harassment” and is responsible for the website

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Prodekanat Gender (Dean’s Office for gender issues (Faculty of Medicine))

The Dean’s Office, which was implemented for gender issues at the Faculty of Medicine in 2014, aims to work towards a reduction of gender imbalances in the field of medical research and academic education. It builds awareness for gender issues, uncovers open and hidden gender inequality and submits suggestions for the improvement of equality support. Thereby, it complies with the claim of the Council of Science for a continuation of the standards on gender equality of the DFG (German research community). The Dean’s Office for gender issues works closely with the Equal Opportunities Officers of the medical faculty and the clinic and with the family office of MLU.

The Dean’s Office published, among other things, recommendations for gender-sensitive language as well as a gender-sensitive vocation guideline.

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Department for international students of the student council

The university life of international students is coined by various obstacles and challenges. Eventual language barriers, German bureaucracy with its many forms and requirements and cultural misunderstandings, complicate (university) life. The  international(s) department helps international students in finding answers to their questions and supports them, to get along with their everyday life in Germany. Furthermore, it is linked with multiple initiatives and university institutions and tries to provide assistance in occuring problems.

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Rektoratskommission "Anton Wilhelm Amo"

Die Rektoratskommission "Anton Wilhelm Amo" befasst sich mit der Frage nach einer angemessenen Würdigung Anton Wilhelm Amos. Hauptaugenmerk liegt unter anderem auf der Skulptur „Freies Afrika“, welche hinter dem Robertinum zu finden ist und aktuell mit Anton Wilhelm Amo in Verbindung gebracht wird.

Anton Wilhelm Amo wurde als Kleinkind aus dem heutigen Ghana nach Europa verschleppt und an den Hof von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel verschenkt. Die Herzogsfamilie ermöglichte ihm eine vorzügliche Bildung, die ab 1727 zu Studien der Philosophie und Rechtswissenschaften in Halle und Wittenberg führte. Amo wurde 1734 promoviert und lehrte ab 1736 als Privatdozent in Halle und Jena. Da er sich aber permanenter fremdenfeindlicher Ausgrenzung ausgesetzt sah, kehrte er 1747 ins heutige Ghana zurück.

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Representative for severely disabled employees

The representative for severely disabled employees is elected every four years and represents, based on the provisions of Social Security Code IX, the interests of severely disabled employees and coequal persons at MLU. It has to be informed comprehensive and timely in every issue that concerns an individual or severely disabled people as a group and must be consulted before any decision making. For staff related measures as well as other measures (staff appraisals with severely disabled employees or coequal persons, reorganization of working procedures, creating new jobs suitable for people with disabilities etc.) the representative body for severely disabled employees has to be involved. They offer consultation hours on a regular basis as well as assistance in accessing grants for the pension office, employment office and integration office.

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Senior College

Senior College

The senior college regards itself as a facility for continuing education for the generation 50 plus. It provides a diverse offering to remain active or to become active again. Target group are people interested in science and older adults, which are not employed or already retired (seniors, jobseekers etc.). Amongst lecture series, courses from all faculties and versatile projects, language and computer courses are part of the tender. The participation fee is 30€ per semester.

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Sintoma - Medizin und Gesellschaft Halle (Medical science and society)

Logo Sintoma

Logo Sintoma

The Platform Sintoma emerged from a joined concern at MLU in 2018: Medical science has to adapt to the increasing demands and opportunities of a continually changing society. The group wants to meet the challenge and to contribute to a further development in accordance with ethical principles. Sintoma is locally rooted in Halle, but aims to take a stand for a constant improvement of medical care, solidary and together with other local and supra-regional organizations. In doing so, they expressly emphasize the necessity and appreciation of interdisciplinary teamwork of all players of medical care, and particularly the role of patients. They follow up with economic and ecological aspects, diversity, equality, structural questions in apprenticeship and day-to-day work and further issues, which become important in this context. It is a matter of addressing maladministration, obtaining information, to become active and develop an opinion that can be heard. Everyone is welcome to join the open meetings and to use the platform, whether or not you operate in the medical area or relate to the topic from other reasons.

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Social & conflict counseling

The offerings of the social & conflict counseling are addressed to all employees of the MLU. Within the framework of an independent and confidential consultation, employees receive support in coping with personal or professional stressful situations. Reasons underpinning the advice, can be e.g. changes in professional tasks, conflicts within the staff, concerns about colleagues, problems of drug dependence, health or psychological burdens. Besides, an individual counseling and coaching, group sessions with the staff can be moderated or a return to work after a long period of illness can be guided. Anke Märker is furthermore contact partner for the AGG-complaints body of the MLU.

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Sprecher*innen für Soziales des Studierendenrates (Spokesperson/s for social affairs of the student council)

The spokesperson/s for social affairs is/are the social conscience of the student council. Their main task is to help those who turn to the student council on the basis of serious financial difficulties. They offer application for social loans, which can also compensate for shortcomings in the short term.

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Stabsstelle Vielfalt und Chancengleichheit (Staff unit for diversity and equal opportunities)

In 2019, the rector established a staff unit for diversity and equal opportunities, which comprises the subjects of equality, family, diversity and the protection against discrimination. The tasks include the conception and implementation of equality and diversity programs, as well as individual measures and strategic development with regard to equal opportunities and diversity.

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Studentinnen-Netzwerk (Network of female students)

The network of female students, which was established in 2014 is a platform for exchange and belongs to the tradition of the “association of female students” which was started in Halle in 1909. The network encourages the exchange between female students and female employees, organizes events and workshops for them, is contact person for female students and their concerns and collects and shares offerings for them. Thematic areas are: vocational orientation, equality, reconciliation of work or studies and family life, dealing with sexual harassment/ violence and academic career.

Find more information at the website of the network of female students    or on their Facebook page   .

Student support group “depression/ depressive state”

The student support group, which is assigned to the student union, provides a space to exchange with “like-minded people” about the condition and how to live with it. The group wants to help to achieve a level of understanding. There are often analogies among people affected, which can at least take away the feeling of being “different than others”.

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Student council (StuRa)

Main purpose of the student council (short: StuRa) is the representation of student interests vis-à-vis other university committees, the university administration and the general public. For that reason, students elect the members of the student council and additionally pay a little fee to the student body each semester. The student council advocates for better studying conditions. Furthermore it offers free and confidential consulting services for students, which are part of the student body. Next to discrimination counseling they also provide consulting services on the concerns of law, social issues, BAföG and labor. Moreover there are many different study groups and units belonging to the student council.

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Stud.IP-study group „Studieren mit Behinderung/ Study with disability“

The study group is a discussion board for MLU students with disability or chronic condition. It was initiated by Tim Langhammer in September 2011 and is a virtual meeting point for the exchange of experiences and problems in everyday university life.

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German universities open to the world - against racism and chauvinism (universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia)

In a nationwide campaign with other universities, MLU takes a public stand against xenophobia and nationalism and takes steps towards open-mindedness and cosmopolitanism. Thereby, the university responds to racially motivated verbal and physical violence in Germany and to isolation trends in a number of states. Perspectives, diversity of opinions and an international exchange are the basics of the research and teaching activity at universities. In light of increasing xenophobic tendencies and a growing success of populist slogans, higher education institutions feel challenged to take a collective stand for those values. University administrations want to encourage their members in the resistance against xenophobia and act upon that within their regional and international networks. An open and international campus and the international mobility of tutors and students are essential bases of high-quality teaching, learning and research.

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