Standing (from left to right): Stefan Kreysler, Katharina Tietze, Dominic Oppliger, Larissa Holaschke. Seated (from left to right): Gina Calamassi, Bostjan Ivanjsic, Edith Stocker, Irène Hediger, Laura Zachmann, Patricia Felber, Verena Schmid. Not featured: Christopher Bertrand, Nadja Graf, Franziska Koch. Photograph: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

Standing (from left to right): Stefan Kreysler, Katharina Tietze, Dominic Oppliger, Larissa Holaschke. Seated (from left to right): Gina Calamassi, Bostjan Ivanjsic, Edith Stocker, Irène Hediger, Laura Zachmann, Patricia Felber, Verena Schmid. Not featured: Christopher Bertrand, Nadia Graf, Franziska Koch. Photograph: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

The Equal Opportunities Committee deals with ZHdK-wide strategic and operational issues in the area of Equality & Diversity. It consists of one representative each of the five departments, services, teaching staff, mid-tier staff, students, human resources and the staff assembly. Current focal topics include analysing ZHdK equality reporting and diversity benchmarking, establishing the LGBTQIA+ community at ZHdK and collaborating on the transversal Gender Minor.

EVA BRÜLLMANN
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Patricia Felber
Head of Equality & Diversity. Profession/education: Geographer and social anthropologist, Dr.phil.-nat. At ZHdK since May 2018. Non-professional interests: Film and literature, swimming and skiing. What I like about ZHdK: A lively university environment with many interesting personalities. What I would change: I hope to change the working environment of ZHdK staff and students — wherever necessary — for the better. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A place full of curious, happy and respectful people. My favourite place in Zurich: Mythenquai in summer and the Uetliberg in all seasons. Equality is important because no one shall be discriminated on the basis of gender, origin, religion, age, ideology, sexual orientation, identity or disability.

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Christopher Bertrand
Head of Human Resources Management. Profession/education: Lic. phil. in psychology, minor in media studies. MAS in Human Resources Management. At ZHdK since June 2020. Non-professional interests: Reading, hiking, programming, board games, electronic music, meeting lots of friends. What I like about ZHdK: The great variety of people. I experience ZHdK as very innovative and future-oriented. What I would change: I am already involved in many change processes. It takes courage and the willingness to accept the risk of failure. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: I discover new things every day and hope we will soon be able to get together again. My favourite place in Zurich: From my youth: The Rote Fabrik. From early parenthood: The Masoala Hall at Zurich Zoo. Equality is important because its cornerstone in Switzerland is only 50 years old, the house upon that foundation is still unsteady and the rooms are not fairly distributed. Equality at ZHdK = calling for the observance of basic values and a lived exemplary path.

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Nadia Graf
Professor of Fine Arts. Profession/education: Artist, art teacher. At ZHdK since 1999. Non-professional interests: Family and friends. What I like about ZHdK: The incredible number of interesting and great people. What I would change: Less bureaucracy and hierarchy, more spontaneity and appreciation. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A lot! Larger workshops, for example. My favourite place in Zurich: My bed. Equality is important because it makes the world a better place.

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Irène Hediger
Deputy Head of Equality & Diversity. Profession/education: MAS in Cultural Management, University of Basel. At ZHdK since 2002. Non-professional interests: Reading, cross-country skiing, mountain hiking, mushroom picking. What I like about ZHdK: The hustle and bustle and the heterogeneous perspectives and approaches. What I would change: Developing a «changing sides» format involving visits/short fellowships in teaching, research, administration, services and management. This could promote unfamiliar insights and exchange, and thus create new ideas, insights and changes within our institution. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A quiet room. My favourite place in Zurich: Depends on the time of day and season. The forests in and around Zurich. Equality is (important because) the path and the goal of lived diversity.

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Larissa Holaschke
Research associate, Equality & Diversity Office; Teaching assistant, Master Trends & Identity. Profession/education: Master Design (Specialisation in Events), Bachelor in Communication Studies and Politics. At ZHdK since 2014 as a student, as a member of the mid-tier faculty since 2017. Non-professional interests: Visiting exhibitions, hiking, the raised garden bed on my balcony and making preserves. What I like about ZHdK: Feeling the pulse of current developments with students. What I would change: Putting the access ramp to use. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A quiet room to recharge my batteries, power up and retreat. My favourite place in Zurich: Lower Letten, because nowhere is an after-work swim more fun. Equality is important because it is crucial to making life fair and sustainable — not only for women, but for all socially marginalised groups.

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Bostjan Ivanjsic
Administrative Assistant, Master Dance; Lecturer in Career planning – Entrepreneurship (Bachelor) and in Managing Finances for Performing Arts Projects (Master). Profession/education: Executive Master UZH in Arts Administration (EMAA); previous career as a professional stage dancer. At ZHdK since 2016. Non-professional interests: Philosophy and ancient knowledge. What I like about ZHdK: A workplace surrounded by art is a privilege. And of course our outstanding team and students. What I would change: I wish there were a multicultural milieu on campus. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: More green spaces and water on campus. My favourite place in Zurich: My home. Equality is important because it is a basic human right and so much still needs to be done.

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Stefan Kreysler
Staff member, Events Office; Staff assembly representative for administrative and technical staff. Profession/education: Apprenticeship as a goldsmith and silversmith, diploma in fine arts. At ZHdK since August 2003. Non-professional interests: Family, climbing and cycling trips. What I like about ZHdK: Student output and the fantastic colleagues I get to work with. What I would change: I would like us to develop a culture of dealing productively with conflicts, a big issue across ZHdK. It would be great if we could tackle conflicts less timidly and sooner, e.g. with the help of colleagues. I know we are willing and sufficiently competent to do this. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A quiet room. My favourite place in Zurich: The view from above Buchegg across the city of Zurich, with the mountains in the background. Exciting zones of transition between the city and wildlife. Equality is important because the issues dealt with by the Equality and Diversity Office come from many areas of society and also play a role in everyday life at ZHdK. If we manage to raise awareness of equality and diversity among students and staff, we will have achieved a lot. It is a long journey. Working together for more justice is very inspiring and satisfying.

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Dominic Oppliger
Research associate, Master Cultural Journalism and Master Transdisciplinarity. Profession/education: Author, musician, Master Transdisciplinarity in the Arts (ZHdK) and Bachelor Social Work (HSLU). At ZHdK since August 2017 as a staff member, 2014–2017 as a student. Non-professional interests: Family, friends, literature, film, music, swimming. What I like about ZHdK: The invaluable and inspiring contact with students and staff. What I would change: Create foundations and structures that make all students and staff aware that WE can help shape this school, this place, this small world (yet above all the world outside) and bear responsibility for it. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A sincere and friendly interest in proliferating ideas without any ifs and buts. My favourite place in Zurich: The Max Frisch swimming pool in winter.

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Gina Calamassi
Student representative VERSO (until the end of 2020). Profession/education: Master Film Editing student. At ZHdK since 2018. Non-professional interests: Sport (e.g. yoga and tennis), watching films, cooking, making cosmetics and household products (reducing plastic, no additives), healthier and more sustainable living. What I like about ZHdK: The variety of events and activities. I enjoy walking down the ramp or spending my breaks on the roof terrace. What I would change: Create more meeting zones and a cosier atmosphere. More creativity, because we’re an art college. Make all degree programmes available in English, for international students, because that’s how ZHdK sells itself to the outside world. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: Equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background! More green (plants). My favourite place in Zurich: The Werdinsel in the early morning, when it’s still quiet and the ducks are still sleeping. Equality is important because every person should have the same professional and private opportunities and have decision-making freedom, regardless of gender or origin.

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Verena Schmid
Head of University Administration. Profession/education: Bank apprenticeship, qualified movement instructor, attended cantonal upper secondary school for adults, discontinued architecture studies at ETHZ. At ZHdK since 2002. Non-professional interests: Design, architecture, film, dance, ski touring, hiking and swimming, Pilates. What I like about ZHdK: The fact that I can order the world’s best mozzarella every week from Pasquale at the housekeeping department. What I would change: More dance and music over lunch in the Cascade Hall. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: Even more female professors and a solar panel system on the roof! My favourite place in Zurich: Jurablick on Mount Uetliberg. Equality is important because merely hoping for voluntary action is not enough.

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Edith Stocker
Head of Bachelor Music and Movement, Master Rhythmics, DAS Basic Music Education (MAG). Lecturer in subject didactics, pedagogy, psychology. Profession/education: Teaching diploma in rhythmics. Diploma in early music education and primary school teaching. Postgraduate diploma in rhythmic pedagogy. MHS in special needs education. MSc Psychology, Psychopathology, Special Education. At ZHdK since 2004. Non-professional interests: Reining (western riding) and travelling. What I like about ZHdK: Arts outreach, the lively environment, open and interested students, interdisciplinary collaboration, dynamic processes and lots more. What I would change: More time for ongoing project developments. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: More space for open student projects. My favourite place in Zurich: Wiedikon station. Equality is important because impairment equals a lack of empowerment.

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Katharina Tietze
Head of Trends & Identity. Profession/education: Designer. At ZHdK since 2006. Non-professional interests: — What I like about ZHdK: Working with colleagues who love their profession and learning from students. What I would change: “In matters of great importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing” (Oscar Wilde). My wishes for the Toni-Areal: More sun, more art, more textiles. My favourite place in Zurich: Badi Utoquai. Equality is important because recognition is the basis of a just community.

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Laura Zachmann
Lecturer and assistant, Bachelor Art Education. Profession/education: Master Art Education and adult educator. At ZHdK since August 2017. Non-professional interests: Reading, watching and listening to stories. What I like about ZHdK: That ideas are welcome. What I would change: Active equality and promotion of diversity at all levels. My wishes for the Toni-Areal: A quiet room. My favourite place in Zurich: Fritschiwiese.

 

Eva Brüllmann (eva.bruellmann@zhdk.ch) is a team member at ZHdK University Communications.
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