Bachelor thesis wins Diversity Award

IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) awards thesis on the topic of rainbow families

Erfurt, 12.11.2021 - For the second time this year, IU International University of Applied Sciences presents the Diversity Award for an outstanding final thesis. The award goes to Anika Dreesmann for her bachelor's thesis in social pedagogy entitled: "Acceptance of Rainbow Families - Do Homosexual Parents Meet with Less Acceptance in Our Society than the Classical Family System?" The award is intended to help raise public awareness of the research field of diversity, says Nicola Schmidt-Geheb, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Officer at IU. It is endowed with 500 euros and has been awarded twice a year by IU since 2018.

Dreesmann is a trained industrial clerk and completed a distance learning degree in Social Pedagogy at IU. She was able to pursue the degree part-time, graduating in August and switching to her dream job as a social pedagogue as early as January. She herself is a member of a rainbow family and experiences a lot of acceptance in everyday life. Stumbling blocks arise in her opinion in politics: "Although the visibility of same-sex couples with children has increased in recent years, alternative family forms are often still filled with prejudice by society. Discrimination through the current legal situation, in my opinion, contributes a great deal to heteronormative thinking," she says.



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