SCC consists of Members of the Board and members of our association. In this series, we want to present to you some of them and what they are volunteering as (outside of SCC or our projects).

What is your name?
Helena Akst

Where do you volunteer apart from SCC / IstKon?
I volunteer in the Equality Council of the University of Konstanz.

Since when and as what do you volunteer as?
I was representing the students of the University of Konstanz between spring 2018 and autumn 2019.

Please tell us a bit about your organization.
The Equality Council is – as the name already suggests – dealing with matters concerning gender equality and diversity in different spheres (teaching, research, etc.).

What is your motivation for volunteering there?
I volunteered for the simple reason that our society as well as the University of Konstanz are still shaped by patriarchal structures and norms. Topics related to gender, race, class etc. are discussed too little in teaching and all too rarely reflected upon when it comes to the working conditions and organisational structures in the academic field. I believe that the University of Konstanz can and should do better. It should do more to promote people of color, working class people, women, people who do not fit into the binary constructed notion of gender etc. Being a student representative in the Equality Council is a good possibility to contribute to those efforts and to make the university a better, more inclusive place.

Do you want to tell the readers something additionally?
The knowledge and experience gained from the Equality Council can always also be used to promote a more inclusive organisational culture within other organisations, such as the SCC.

Interested in this organization?
Check out their webpage (in German only):


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