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Podcasts "We are UP"

You can watch the video with German subtitles on Media.UP

This page is part of our RollUP – traveling exhibition “We are UP”.

You can listen to the podcasts with the people who are presented on our interactive RollUPs. Their stories are helping people to experience the diversity of the University of Potsdam.

In our podcast “We are UP” we introduce you to students, faculty, and administrative staff of the University of Potsdam. This includes people with and without disabilities. We ask them: how inclusive is the University of Potsdam for students, but also as an employer?

You can also find the podcasts on Spotify.

Happy listening!

Students

Annemarie Kleinert is our guest in this podcast episode. She studied Educational Science and Italian Philology at the University of Potsdam and tells us about her everyday life as a student as well as her positive experiences (Transcript (PDF, 131KB)).

Christian Opitz studies History and Political Science at the University of Potsdam. In this podcast episode, he tells us about managing his studies with a disability and his plans for the future (Transcript (PDF, 137KB)).

In this podcast episode, Ly Tran, a bachelor’s student in Linguistics, talks about what it’s like when a disability begins to develop during the course of one’s studies and how the University of Potsdam’s advisory services have helped her navigate this situation (Transcript (PDF, 127KB)).

Henrik Schmidt is a bachelor’s student in the B.Sc. Psychology program. In this podcast episode, he tells us about how he experienced entering university during the pandemic, what advantages and disadvantages he sees in it for people with disabilities, how he got in touch with the University of Potsdam’s counseling network, and what his plans are after completing his bachelor’s degree (Transcript (PDF, 138KB)). 

Marlon Schwarze is a Bachelor student in the B.Sc. Psychology program and ASTA staff member in the Anti-Ableism and Accessibility Department. In this podcast episode, he tells us about both good and bad experiences during his studies, which advantages the pandemic offered him and what changes he would like to bring about in the AStA (Transcript (PDF, 98KB)).

Interview with Toni Teschke (Transcript (PDF, 149KB)). The description will be uploaded shortly.

Interview with Maike Schwarz (Transcript (PDF, 138KB)). (Description will follow shortly)

In this podcast episode, the psychology student N. reports on what it's like to study with cancer at the University of Potsdam. What helps her in everyday life and in her studies? What else would she wish for in terms of accessibility? And what hurdles do (almost) all students face when studying psychology? Erika Herbold spoke to N. about this and more in this episode (Transcript (PDF, 133KB)).

In this episode, Erika talks to Mareike H., a Master's student from Potsdam who is also a mother of two young children. How can the daily routine of studying be managed alongside family responsibilities? Who can provide support? What strategies and assistance measures are taken to make both work together? Can it even work at all? Or is studying with children not a good idea? Tune in and form your own opinion. (Transcript (PDF, 438 KB))

Employees

Mirjam Labrenz is a master’s student in the M.Sc. Computational Science program and a staff member at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Potsdam. In this podcast episode, she tells us about dealing with a mental health impairment during her studies, the support options, and the opportunities that the University of Potsdam has on its way to becoming an inclusive university (Transcript (PDF, 122KB)).

Christian Lietz is an employee at the Center for Information Technology and Media Management (ZIM). In this podcast episode, he tells us what it’s like to work at the University of Potsdam as an employee with a disability and what opportunities and perspectives the university offers as an employer (Transcript (PDF, 153KB)).

Judith Tägener is a staff member at the Center for Languages and Key Competences and the Faculty of Arts. In this podcast episode, she tells us about her longstanding collaboration with the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities and the importance of inclusion in the training of new student tutors (Transcript (PDF, 128KB)).

Interview with Julia Schoenberner (Transcript (PDF, 45KB)). The description will be uploaded shortly.

Francis Zinke works in IT support at the Center for Information Technology and Media Management (ZIM) at the University of Potsdam. In this special of the "We are UP" podcast series, the focus is on digital accessibility. In an interview with Francis Zinke, Mirjam Labrenz clarifies crucial questions such as how accessibility and usability of digital formats can be improved, how much work this actually requires, what the state of digital accessibility is at the University of Potsdam, and why digital accessibility is an asset for everyone (Transcript (PDF, 122KB)).

In this episode, Erika talks with Katrin Völker, the representative for people with disabilities at the University of Potsdam. The university's disabled representation is committed to supporting all employees with disabilities as well as chronically ill workers. This includes both advocacy and advising on the fulfillment of the employer's legal obligations. (Transcript (PDF, 551 KB))

Specials

Janny Armbruster is the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities of the State of Brandenburg. In this special of the "We are UP" podcast series, Robert Meile, the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities at the University of Potsdam, talks to her about education, digital accessibility, the problems and opportunities of the pandemic, as well as Ms. Armbruster's role as an advocate for people with disabilities and the long road to the vision of an inclusive society (Transcript (PDF, 450KB)). 

In this episode, we delve into the inception of the leisure-oriented “Stammtisch” and the motivations behind it. Marlon and Amanda provide insights into the event's structure and discuss the activities organized to foster student interaction. Additionally, they explore the measures taken to ensure the “Stammtisch” is accessible, creating an inclusive environment for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses (Transcript (PDF, 334KB)).

What limits the well-being and health of the students in Potsdam? What is the Feel Good Campus, and how does the project attempt to identify, address, and sustainably address the challenges and issues in this context? Who are the Feel Good Coaches, and how should university structures be changed to sustainably maintain and promote student health or restore it in the long term?

Erika discusses these topics in this episode with Julia Seiffert, the coordinator of the Feel Good Campus, the student health management project. (Transcript (PDF, 170KB))

Prevention Guide (in German only)

Feel Good Coaches

Instagram Feel Good Campus

In this episode, Marla introduces you to the services of the NightLine Potsdam. Here you can find out with what concerns you can contact the NightLine and how the NightLine works. (Transcript will follow shortly)

You can reach the NightLine Potsdam staff during the instuctional period from Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to midnight, either by phone: 0331 977 1834 or via chat. For more information about the NightLine Potsdam, take a look at their Instagram.

If you are interested in volunteering at the NightLine, you can find out more on their website!

The “We are UP” campaign is sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration, and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg (MSGIV) with funds from the state government’s Commissioner for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities.