Katja Urbatsch

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009


This profile was prepared when Katja Urbatsch was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Katja Urbatsch empowers young people with non-academic family backgrounds to start and succeed in university. She addresses the fact that few of the first high school graduates in their families consider university as a career option. Her mentoring network and information platform overcome barriers like financial concerns, social networks and low regard for the typically free German university education. By creating a positive, and provocative, identity for "working class children" (Arbeiterkind), she enables individual choices and combats social segregation.
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