The University of Stuttgart sees the diversity of its members as an essential part of excellent science, successful learning and working. Everyone, regardless of their gender, should be able to acknowledge their identity and reach their full potential in an environment characterized by tolerance and respect without having to fear negative reactions or discrimination. Changes have been undertaken at the University of Stuttgart to strengthen gender diversity:
- Students and employees can select not only "female" or "male", but also the gender designations "diverse" or "undisclosed" and also retroactively change their gender designation.
- Trans* and inter*sex individuals can change their name if they wish, even if their name has not yet been officially changed.
Prof. Silke Wieprecht, Vice Rector for Diversity and Internationalization, summarizes the changes: "Transgender, intersex or non-binary persons can select the gender designations 'diverse' or undisclosed' at the University of Stuttgart and it is now also straightforward to change your name. We have updated our IT systems and optimized our administrative processes. This not only fulfills the university's legal mandate as an agile, intelligent system, but is also another major step forward in our diversity strategy, strengthening our acceptance of all individuals who are part of our university."
Contact person in the Gender Equality Office
University members who have changed their gender and/or their name or who are currently in the process of transitioning, can now contact the relevant person at the Gender Equality Office to change their personal details. She handles all issues confidentially and initiates the process of making the necessary changes within the university as soon as the official proof of gender reassignment or a change of name have been submitted or - if this is not yet available - upon presentation of your ID card and DGTI replacement ID card.
More on strengthening gender diversity
- Guidelines for the gender-sensitive use of the German language [DE]: Gender and diversity-sensitive language helps promote gender equity and create awareness of gender diversity.
- Code of Conduct: The University of Stuttgart's Code of Conduct offers guidance for ensuring respectful behavior in our daily interactions with each other.
- Online lecture "Introducing the gender designation "diverse" in the legal language of the Federal Republic of Germany" by Karl-Heinz Steinle (University of Stuttgart, Institute of History) and Fabio Proia (UNINT Rome) on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- Webpage of the "Students Union University of Stuttgart" stuvus on changing your name in the University systems