Code of Conduct

Conscious - Solidary - Together

Urbane Praxis e.V. does not tolerate any form of racism, sexism, Ableism, anti-Semitism, queer and trans hostility, or otherwise discriminatory, violent behavior. By attending our activities and events, all participants agree to our code of conduct. In the event of violations of our Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to exclude persons from our association.

Conscious – Solidary – Together

We wish to treat each other with consideration and solidarity. Our events should be places where we meet at eye level. We want to use our resources to create low-barrier and discrimination-sensitive spaces so that everyone can feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

We believe sufferers

It is up to those affected to define what constitutes a boundary crossing for them. We do not doubt their experience, but stand behind them and offer them support. Your needs and requirements are the focus. In this way, we want to create an atmosphere in which those affected can once again feel comfortable to continue participating in the events.

Reflect privileges & positions

We all grew up in discriminatory systems. Therefore, we would like to take a closer look at our own privileges and positions. This includes the “bubble” in which we find ourselves. Who is (not) part of my environment? Which perspectives dominate here? At our events, we want to deal sensitively with the experiences of discrimination of our interlocutors. If a person comes to you with constructive criticism, try to listen first. We all make mistakes. Our concern is to learn from each other.

Mindful handling of space & time

All participants are encouraged to participate in discussion groups at our events. Please always pay attention to how much speaking time and space you take up. If you’ve already contributed a lot to a round, why not sit out a few minutes to give other people the opportunity? Avoid inferring from your position to that of others. We welcome a diversity of perspectives.

Gender is diverse

We don’t want to infer a person’s gender from their physical appearance. Gender identities are diverse and go far beyond the categories of “man” and “woman.” When you get into conversation, ask people their name and pronouns (she/her; he/him; they/them; they/they; no pronoun, etc.). This helps us avoid mislabeling people, which can be hurtful.

(In)visible barriers

Many barriers are not directly visible. For us, acting more inclusively means thinking about invisible disabilities, limitations and challenges at events and creating the best possible access. We want to encourage everyone to be responsive to one another. If you don’t understand something, are looking for information or recognize barriers, you can always contact us and the Awareness Team. You can find more information about access here.

This Code of Conduct was developed with DEI expert Isa Sander.

Our Awareness goals

Our awareness concept is the first step in our ongoing awareness process, as we aim to address the following goals:

  • Breaking down barriers: giving more people access to our work

  • Promoting connections: as an association, exude less exclusivity and more openness

  • Creating low-injury spaces: using guidelines to make transparent which values are important to us, what behavior we would like to see based on them, and what will not be tolerated

  • Offer contact points: Cooperation with a trained awareness team

  • Becoming more critical of discrimination: in both our internal and external structures

  • Promoting radiance: inspiring other stakeholders to also address the important issue of awareness

  • Power of definition: Those affected define for themselves what constitutes a boundary crossing. So we don’t question why people feel hurt, discriminated against, attacked or overwhelmed. Because what is not a problem for one person can be traumatizing for another.

  • Partiality: The Awareness Team declares its solidarity with those affected and offers support on request. This includes offering to talk about the incident, going to the retreat, or even excluding the (violent) perpetrator from the event.

  • Confidentiality: All information shared with the Awareness Team and contact persons (green) will be treated confidentially. Information is only passed on to third parties with the consent of the person concerned.