Diversity & Equal Opportunities

As an institution, BIGSSS believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence and therefore welcomes and promotes diversity and aims at mutual respect and the inclusion of all of its members regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, age or dis‐/ability.

Furthermore, BIGSSS encourages active participation of its fellows in organizational matters and decision making processes.

 

Fellow Representation

BIGSSS centers around its fellows. To give them the chance to participate on all important levels of BIGSSS' organisational structure, every cohort of PhD fellows elects two Fellow Representatives.

For the academic year 2015-16 the Fellow Rep team consists of Markus Klingel, Audris Umel, Stephan Dochow, Lara Minkus, Gulnaz Isabekova, Florian Wittmann, and Simon Tundermann.

Among others, the Fellow Representatives participate in the selection process of new fellows and are members of BIGSSS' Academic Council.

If you would like to reach our Fellow Reps, please send an email to the following email address: fellowreps@bigsss-bremen.de

We will respond as soon as possible. Please be aware that the content of your emails will be kept confidential if you prefer.

 

Equal Opportunities

BIGSSS aims at ensuring equal opportunities for all people involved in it; no matter whether they are PhD or Postdoctoral fellows, members of faculty or staff, or applicants to our program. It commits to the anti-discrimination guidelines of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University:

Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination at the University of Bremen

Jacobs University Community Standard

Furthermore, every year the BIGSSS fellows elect a team of Equal Opportunity Officers.

For the academic year 2015-16 the EOO team consists of Stefan Wallaschek, Lusine Grigoryan, and Daria Ukhova.

The EOOs provide information on equal opportunity measures and are advocating non-discrimination with respect to ethnicity, language, religion, dis-/ability, age, sexual orientation, gender and family responsibilities.

If you would like to reach our EOOs, please send an email to the following email address: eoos@bigsss-bremen.de

We will respond as soon as possible. Please be aware that the content of your emails will be kept confidential if you prefer.

 

Ombudsperson

The role of the ombudsperson is to mediate between potentially opposing BIGSSS parties in case of conflicts which cannot be resolved internally.

Prof. Dagmar Borchers, University of Bremen, is the official ombudsperson of the University of Bremen.

Before consulting Prof. Sabine Broeck, any problems should first be addressed to the respective Field Coordinator and the Director of Studies, or to other members of the Executive Team.