Anti-discrimination and networks
WU aims to create a positive and non-discriminatory degree program and working environment in which everyone feels safe and can work together in a trusting and equal manner. In addition to WU's central offerings, there are initiatives by WU members that provide space for exchange and networking.
q_wir@wu is a network of queer students and employees of WU and its allies that aims to promote an open, appreciative and discrimination-free organizational culture and to recognize and make visible the diversity of lifestyles, gender identities and sexual orientations (LGBTIQ*) at WU.
Further information about q_wir@wu
Q_wir@wu aims to create a space for exchange and networking to increase the visibility, recognition and self-evidence of diverse lifestyles, sexual orientations and gender identities, which is open to all WU students and employees - whether LGBTIQ* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* [transgender, transsexual,...], inter* [intersex, intersexual,...], queer, non-binary as well as unnamed identities [*]) or ally. Likewise, the scientific examination of these topics is to be promoted. A major concern is also to make social normative ideas about gender and sexuality, which are effective at WU, conscious and visible. For this purpose, public events, lectures as well as working and networking meetings (also with groups from other universities and organizations) take place. As a member of queer@hochschulen, the network is also represented together with rainbow groups from other universities at the annual Vienna Pride (rainbow parade). Of course, personal and informal exchange is not neglected at the meetings!
New members are always welcome! Suggestions, questions and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following queer confidants are also available for your concerns:
Daniel Green (Universitätsassistent prae-doc, er/ihn)
Roland Humer (Stellvertretender Leiter des Büros des Rektorats)
Milos Ivanis (studentische Projektmitarbeiter beim Kompetenzzentrum für empirische Forschungsmethoden, er/ihn)
Kirsten Mericka (Academic Coordinator und Lecturer bei Illinois in Vienna Programs, sie/ihr)
Katharina Miko-Schefzig (Leiterin des Kompetenzzentrums für empirische Forschungsmethoden, sie/ihr)
Florentina Müller (Referentin für Gleichbehandlungsfragen an der ÖH WU, sie/ihr)
Linda Seklehner (Referent*in im Büro des Arbeitskreis für Gleichbehandlungsfragen, dey/deren)
Martin Stegu (Professor im Ruhestand, er/ihn)
Gender neutral restrooms
Since the beginning of October 2019, WU has had one gender-neutral restroom in each building on the Campus WU. Gender-neutral means that the restrooms are open to everyone regardless of their gender.
"Are you in the right restroom?" (WU blog post in German)
"Female, male, diverse...?" (wu-memo post in German, for WU employees only).
Room of Silence
More information about the Room of Silence
WU students and staff worked together to develop ideas for using and redesigning the space in a process that began in 2019. The goal was to work together to redesign the space across denominations. In doing so, the redesign process should be as participatory as possible and include as many different, religious and non-religious perspectives as possible. In this way, the place should be used even more as a (meeting) space for diversity. In October 2020, the space could be reopened.
In times of growing internationalization and increasing cultural diversity at universities, WU would like to use the newly designed Room of Silence to contribute to an organizational culture in which everyone - regardless of geographic, cultural or religious background - feels welcome.
Please feel free to direct any questions to email@example.com.
"Room of Silence as a Place of Retreat and Symbol of Tolerance" (WU memo article in German, only for WU employees)
"Religious Diversity at WU" (WU memo artcile in German, only for WU employees)
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