Policy that works for everyone.

Is your thesis related to diversity and inclusion?

If your upcoming thesis is related to issues of diversity and inclusion, you could have it hosted here on SHIELD’s website. We accept a wide range of topics and methods. Give your thesis a boost and host it with us! All credits reserved to the authors.


SHIELD is a student-led advocacy group based at the Hertie School in Berlin.

SHIELD focuses on the intersectional nature of identity; crucially, this includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, and global identity.

In addition to serving as a center for students of color to gather and find community, SHIELD aims to educate the Hertie community on the importance of designing policy with marginalised groups in mind.

What we do

SHIELD advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion academia, deliver recommendations how policy can be designed to serve them and host events that highlight various marginalised groups.


In our work, we promote and research policy solutions to issues of diversity, inclusion, and discrimination.


Leveraging student knowledge in policy and international affairs, we take a look at how to make The Hertie School a leader in Diversity & Inclusion.


To promote the issues and raise awareness of progressive solutions, we host events with expert speakers.

Latest policy

Latest events

Our amazing Executive Board

Our members are responsible for pushing SHIELD further.

Dannyelle Thompson

Founder and Senior Chair

Eduardo Campbell

Junior Chair


Lena Wagner

Junior Chair


Carol Cavallari

Junior Co-Chair

Becca Burgmeier

Deputy Chair of Coordination

Babatunde Williams

Deputy Chair of Events

Salomé Wyns

Salomé Wyns

Deputy Chair of Research

Alexandra Saba

Alexandra Saba

Deputy Chair of Research

Zhihao Zhong

Zhihao Zhong

Deputy Chair of Communications

Executive Board membership carries responsibility and continuous work and contribution to the work and goals of SHIELD. We thank our EBoard for their dedication!