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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.

With the adoption of the Inclusion Concept (in german only), the University of Potsdam is on its way to becoming “one university for everyone”. But what does that look like specifically? How and what do students with impairments experience when it comes to studying at the university and how do staff and faculty approach the individual needs of students? 

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Interview with Toni Teschke. The description and transcript will be uploaded shortly.

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)

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)

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)

Interview with Julia Schoenberner. The description will be uploaded shortly. (Transcript)

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)

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)

Contact

Commissioner for Students with a Disability

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.