ZSIMT Berlin offers education and counseling for persons and organizations. We help public authorities, universities, companies and NGOs to create welcoming and good conditions for all citizens, customers, students and employees.
Nobody should be excluded, disadvantaged or harassed. No matter where you were born, whether you have a disability, what gender or what religion you have, how much money you have, how old you are, how you look or whom you love. If you are treated worse than others for such a reason this is called discrimination. It is forbidden, but still happens a lot. With our work, we help ensure that it happens less.
We mostly work with the anti-bias approach. Biases are feelings, opinions and conditions that lead to people being treated unjustly. For example, when a teacher or a boss expects less from people with disabilities. Or when offensive jokes are made about women. Or when a boss tells an employee to take off her headscarf. Or when buildings only have stairs so that someone with a wheelchair cannot even enter. Or when only German is spoken at a counseling center, although not everyone understands it well. We talk about these things in our seminars and come up with better solutions together with the participants.
ZSIMT Berlin consists of about ten people. We speak different languages such as German, English and Spanish. We learned different professions such as lawyer, political scientist, psychologist or social worker. We have a lot of experience of life. We have experienced discrimination ourselves for racist, ableist and sexist motives. As migrants, as women, trans* and nonbinary persons, as disabled persons.
In our courses, participants talk about their own life experience. And talk to each other about their differences and about what they have in common. This way they learn to understand each other better. We also give lectures on scientific findings on our topics. And we consider together with participants what they can do to empower and to protect themselves and each other from prejudice and discrimination where they live, study or work at. We offer courses for people who don't know much about discrimination yet. And for people who already know a lot about it. For large and small groups and for individuals.