Heidelberg University’s Autonomous Department for People affected by Racism & Discrimination because of False Cultural Attribution represents the interests of all affected students towards the VS and other committees of Heidelberg University.
Among our tasks are:
- Supporting victims
- Informing on the subject matter
- Consulting the VS and other committees of Heidelberg University on the subject matter
- Furthering matters to the respective department(s) in charge
08.05–12.05.2023 Festival contre le racisme (more Info)
rbd[at]stura.uni-heidelberg.de or via Instagram @antirassismusreferathd
Our elected speakers
Juan Felipe Mariño Chaves (he/him)
Bernice Addokwei (she/her)
- AntiRA is first and foremost a “safe place” for students who have experienced discrimination to voice their grievances. Do not hesitate to contact us, anonymously or not, even if you just want to talk to someone who could sympathize with your experience.
- If you want, members of AntiRa can accompany and support you to seek further administrative, legal, psychological, or other assistance. We strive to handle every case with utmost care and dedication, and always prioritize the welfare of the students.
- The AntiRa Department aims to present, protect, and advance the interests of students of Heidelberg University who are affected by racism and discrimination based on cultural attributions.
- We are committed to your interests by working with the Student Council and other bodies of Heidelberg University, as well as relevant organisations and associations in Heidelberg and Rhein-Neckar area.
Racism in everyday and university life
- We are aware that racism is deeply rooted in the academic and social structures that surround us during our studies. That’s why we want to tackle structural problems of our community that we encounter in everyday student life.
- Despite its academic renown, Heidelberg University is not free from racism, and up to 2023 has neither developed proper institutionalised mechanisms nor allocated enough resources to fight racism that many students and staff are facing everyday, be it within the academia or everyday life.
- Your experience is legitimate and we are standing with you! Do not doubt yourself first. Racism is present at Heidelberg University, in the city of Heidelberg, and in Germany even if others around you say otherwise.
- We support students affected by racism and discrimination based on cultural attributions.
- Heidelberg University lacks appropriate resources to confront everyday and academic racism, in spite of their academic excellence and fame.
- In view of this deficiency, we offer advice and support for affected students by students. We support affected students in making use of further administrative, legal or psychological counselling services.
- We strive to deal with every case with the utmost care and dedication. Your well-being is our first concern!
- Please feel free to contact us either by e-mail or through our anonymous contact form, either to make a complaint or just want to talk to someone who can sympathize with your experiences.
- We strive for raising awareness of racism in the University community.
- Dear Heidelbergers, please keep addressing to racism in your everyday life!
- For this purpose, we organize courses, workshops, and public discussions in cooperation with other institutions that are committed to social justice.
- We advocate clear and structural reforms against racism.
- We are also constantly looking for allies to shape measures and reforms at the university.
- We call on the university to introduce formal procedures to fight against racism, so that anyone affiliated to the university can file their complaint about racism and their complaint should be taken seriously.
- To this end, we want the University to provide a racism-critical counselling center to the university community, especially to students.
- The University should appoint staff with training in the field of anti-racism to deal exclusively with critical racism in the counselling center.
- The University should strengthen psychological counselling service for students affected by racism.
- The University should regularly conduct survey on racist incidents and structures and publish statistical data on these incidents.
- This counselling center should also report publicly on its shortcomings and corresponding improvement plans.
- If you want to take action against racism as a person affected by racism and/or discrimination due to cultural attributions, then join us! This allows us to make our university a safer and better place.
- At the moment, the AntiRa department consists of only a relatively small team, full of passion, team spirit and diversity!
- We are trying very hard to meet the requirements we set ourselves, so we are constantly looking for new members who want to participate in our presentation.
- We also hope to cover various ethnic groups: as we face racism in various ways and fighting together requires us to understand each other better 🙂
- Let’s fight together against racism!
- Find us via email rbd[at]stura.uni-heidelberg.de or via Instagram @antirassismusreferathd
What we are doing
2023 Festival contre le racisme with the Pädagogischen Hochschule Heidelberg
We are happy to announce the “Festival contre le racisme” (FCLR) in collaboration with StuPa at PH Heidelberg! Expect free, valuable workshops and events with wonderful guests taking place at Die Zep and many other places.
The “Festival contre le racisme” has been a nationwide festival against racism and discrimination since 2003. It aims to provide a platform for idea exchanges and to strengthen the awareness against racism, so as to promote solidarity, diversity, equality and respect.
Here you can find the program for the FCLR 2023.
What we are planning to do
A magazine against racism
We are a diverse society, full of different identities, perspectives, stories and perspectives. As people affected by racism, we want to publish a small magazine of ours. We would like to write about topics that are important to us, show pictures, photos, artists of color in Heidelberg and give a small input for an anti-racist Heidelberg. Creativity has no border!
Survey and Study: How racist is the university?
Racism is institutionally anchored – this is also reflected in the universities. Underrepresentation of people affected by racism, microaggressions and racist teaching: There are no figures on this at the university. We want to ask the students about their experiences of racism and change that.
What we have done
2022 Festival contre le racisme at the Pädagogischen Hochschule
This year, the “festival contre le racisme” went well with great pleasure, which we were able to support! We took up topics such as racism, anti-Semitism, institutional discrimination and discrimination in everyday life, etc. in the form of artistic contributions, inputs, lectures and “decolonial city tours”.
BiPoC Dinner Abend
The anti-racism department warmly invites you to an online dinner on 20.05.2021 at 8.00 p.m. We will show pictures of past events and tell a little about ourselves. Then the evening shall end relaxed with a small exchange round and entertaining games. We look forward to seeing you!
Poetry Slam against Racism
As part of the International Weeks against Racism, the AntiRa Department organized a poetry slam. People affected by racism stood on the “stage.”
We talked about racism, flight and self-care, taking reflections between the lectures with good music. For everyone, the event was very enriching.
Kein Feminismus ohne Antirassismus!
Ausschnitt aus der Rede zum feministischen Kampftag am 8. März 2021:
Was hat Rassismus mit Feminismus zu tun❓
Es sind die Momente in denen eine Schwarze FINTA Person nicht laut sein darf, weil sie sonst noch weniger ernst genommen und als die von der Gesellschaft kreiierte und oft kritisierte “black angry woman” abgestempelt wird.
Es sind die starrenden Blicke und respektlosen Kommentare von weißen cis Männern und Frauen wenn sich Schwarze- oder of Color FINTA Personen auch nur trauen ihre natürlichen Haare offen bei der Arbeit zu tragen. “Wie traut sie sich hier so ungeflegt aufzutauchen”
Es sind die auf- und ab-schauenden Blicke von weißen Menschen, wenn eine FINTA Person of color etwas erreicht.
Für mentruierende FINTA Personen, sind es die wütenden Momente, die traurigen Momente, die emotionalen Momente, die neben “ach sie hat wieder ihre Tage” auf “wie typisch dass doch für Frauen aus ihrem Land sei” reduziert werden.
Es sind die 21 % Bezahlung die eine Schwarze cis-Frau weniger bekommt als eine weiße, geschweige denn die 38% Bezahlung die sie weniger bekommt als ein weißer cis-Mann. (Zu der prozentual wenigeren Zahlung von anderen Identitäten gibt es noch weniger ausführliche Studien.)
Es sind die abwertenden, lustig gemeinten Kommentare die bei Frauenärzt*innen bei Untersuchungen von Schwarzen Frauen und FINTA Personen aufkommen, nach dem Motto “kann ich hier unten jetzt überhaupt etwas erkennen?”
Heidelberg hat Platz
“Despite the terrible circumstances we are stuck in, we are still looking for ways to continue resisting and building a better furure with justice. We reach out to the women of Europe and the world. We have no rights. We need to build bridges that allow us to be stronger, to reach further, to destroy borders. The borders that also divide women, that prevent us from recognising each other. You can not talk about feminism if we are not included. The system will not fall if the borders do not fall. Because Sisterhood is the way. Smash the patriarchy, smash the borders, fight everyday for our rights. If we stop, the world stops.” – Transitional Migration Coordination zur Lage der migrantischen Frau für den 8. März.
Das Antirassismus Referat war bei der Aktion des Solicamps dabei.
Die Umstände in den Lagern sind menschenunwürdig und prekär. Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten ignorieren die Situation der Geflüchteten, die unter der Corona Pandemie, dem kalten Winter, Traumatisierungen und mangelnder Versorgung leiden.
#leavenoonebehind #Balkanbrücke #EvacEUateNow