Hochschule Niederrhein founds queer network

Installation of different Pride flags (Photo: private)

Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences sees itself as a cosmopolitan university. One of their core values ​​is openness to all walks of life. Of course, this also includes the LGBTQIA+ community at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. In order to give queer people at the university their own place of retreat and opportunities for networking, the initiative “[email protected]” was created.

First and foremost is the will to bring the LGBTQIA+ community of the university together and create a safe place to get to know each other, network and find common ground. “The initiative is intended to represent the community inside and outside the university and sees itself as a mouthpiece for queer issues. The name [email protected], based on the updated Progress Pride flag, stands for an inclusive queer community,” says Anna Rings, who is responsible for PrideProgress in the Office for Equal Opportunities at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.

The network is intended for students and employees of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. A small group of both cohorts got together before the network was officially founded to plan the first actions, workshops and events. Furthermore, cooperations with associations from the region and already existing networks are pending. Participation in events such as the Christopher Street Days in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach are also in prospect.

To date, almost 90 interested parties have registered for the network. The project is managed by the Office for Equal Opportunities at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. Responsible for the project are Anna Rings and the PrideProgress project group of the university. In order to bring the network to the students and employees, a two-week social media campaign on the topics of “Pride” and “Diversity” begins on the international day against homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and transphobia, in which numerous participants from the university, from students to members of the Presidium, took part and submitted contributions.

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