General information

During the opening week, there will be an Awareness Team available. The team is there for you in case you need to talk or require support, whether due to negative experiences or a general sense of overwhelm. Additionally, a retreat space has been set up to which the team can direct you. You can reach the Awareness Team in person at the foyer of the central building, via phone 04131-6774072 or via email at:

Rest assured that the team operates with confidentiality.

What exactly does awareness work mean and how is it implemented?

Awareness means mindfulness or perception. An awareness concept aims to strengthen mindfulness for respectful interaction and create an awareness of power dynamics and inequalities in society.

Awareness work consists of two parts: prevention and crisis intervention.

Prevention is the preparatory work with the goal of preventing the need for crisis intervention altogether.

Crisis intervention pertains to providing support for individuals in situations of boundary violation or general discomforts

Prevention, Reflection and Support Services

Leuphana Opening Week strives to be a violence-free and safer space. However, we are aware that there are no fully violence-free or safe spaces - we can only do our best to make spaces as violence-free and safe as possible. Central to our efforts is prevention, acknowledging unequal power relations and the existence of inequalities in society. Even just reading these lines should encourage people to examine these issues and their own role, as well as make their own behavior more reflective and, in the best case, more discrimination-free.

The organization and awareness team of the Opening Week is committed to ensuring that all forms of discrimination, such as sexism, racism, ableism, homo- and transphobia have no place in our society and at our university.  With all means available to us, we are committed to minimizing these forms of discrimination.

Further aims are the thoughtfulness within the university community, but also beyond it. Therefore, we all want to try to keep the following points in mind as we act and speak. Not all people can be categorized into binary gender roles. If you are unsure, simply ask how someone would like to be addressed. Not all people find it easy to express themselves in groups with strangers. We all want to try to ensure that as many perspectives as possible are heard during this Opening Week and to create an open space for exchange.

If you observe or experience violations or assaults during the Opening Week, please inform the Awareness Team. The team is here to help with any concerns you may have. So please don't be afraid to contact us by phone or email or approach us personally in the foyer.

Pastoral Care

In addition to the on-site awareness concept, you can also contact the pastoral care of the Protestant and Catholic university community by telephone with concerns and problems during the opening week and beyond. You can reach them via the telephone number: 0172-2060508 (Protestant) or 04131-677 4901 (Catholic).

More information about the offer can be found here: