Since May 2015, the Social WG has been organising the so-called “Lerncafé” at “Café Tür an Tür” every Saturday. Volunteers and people with migration background meet for a two-hour tutoring session in various school subjects, foreign languages or concerning their vocational training. Additionally, they support “Bunter Kreis” by arranging godparenthoods for board games and tutoring, they organise fundraisings or help with the organisation’s summer party.
When the Mayor of Augsburg, Dr. Kurt Gribl, read about the students' engagement in an article of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”, he praised the WG: "It is certainly not a matter of course that students, who have to earn a living with jobs in addition to their intense coursework, are also doing volunteer work. This definitely deserves respect and high appreciation!”
In line with “Fridays for Future”, the Environmental WG visits schools in Augsburg to strengthen environmental awareness of pupils from fifth to seventh grade. During the last two semesters, the Environmental WG has visited 200 students to talk about the environmental impact of their own behavior and how they can improve their ecological footprint.
As a result, the WG encounters enthusiastic pupils as well as teachers: for example, they discuss lively about vegetarian nutrition or the reduction of plastic waste and often implement their ideas instantly by using reusable drinking bottles and lunch boxes.
The FIM students also support the “Werner-von-Siemens-Mittelschule” in Augsburg. Once a week ninth-graders who are about to take their final exams have the opportunity to attend the tutoring. To help that the pupils achieve the best graduation results as possible, the students support each pupil individually with tutoring in all school subjects, but especially in mathematics.
Emil Julius Gumbel (1891-1966) was a famous statistician and is well-known due to the Gumbel distribution. However, it is fairly unknown that the German-American professor has also been a political publicist and pacifist who revolted against the Nazi dictatorship. Because of his writings about the legal burden of justice during the Weimar Republic, which he was able to substantiate with statistical research results, he became a hated critic of the regime.
The Gumbel WG aims at recalling the mathematician's commitment and informs about his life. In spring 2019, the WG organized an exhibition on Gumbel's work. A large part of this was the creation of a digital copy of the "Eitelkeitsbücher" of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. In these books Gumbel collected articles about himself in order to document his pacifist and social activities as well as other life events.
Text: Elite Graduate Program "Finance and Information Management"