Professor Monilola Olayioye, Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity, would like to welcome you to Diversity Day at the University of Stuttgart on May 26, 2020. For the first time, the event will be taking place digitally.
" Today is the Diversity Charta’s German Diversity Day, and I am delighted that the University of Stuttgart is able to take part again this year. At this point I would usually be greeting you personally like last year, but the current Corona pandemic has forced us to be creative and that is why we have decided that: Our diversity day goes digital!
We also have developed a this new diversity web page for the occasion and this will go live today, marking the beginning of our diversity campaign. Under the slogan "Diversity promotes intelligence", the University of Stuttgart’s will also be publishing its official diversity concept today.
Moreover, we would also like to introduce our main diversity protagonists and a range of subjects all related to diversity, as well as our diversity events. But come and see for yourself and take a look at this website.
I am particularly looking forward to the interactive ideas workshop that is taking place today at 2 p.m. All members of the University of Stuttgart are encouraged to meet in a virtual environment to develop ideas relating to diversity, and I can imagine that we will be able to implement several of the project ideas at a later date, using the University of Stuttgart’s diversity funding.
I would like to thank our coaches in advance for presenting this event, and the uni’s technical information and communication Service for the technical organization. A special thank you goes to the University Communications department for designing our online diversity campaign.
I hope you enjoy the day. Make the most of the many different perspectives and please participate with your own ideas and experiences of diversity.
Thanks to you, at the University of Stuttgart diversity promotes intelligence!"
The University of Stuttgart’s diversity concept
As an employer, the University of Stuttgart supports all of its employees, helping them to achieve their full potential. It makes space for diversity and equality, and employees are treated fairly – regardless of their status, age, religious beliefs, skin color, disability, sexual orientation, and gender. The meaning of diversity is stipulated in the University of Stuttgart’s mission statement and it is also part of the university’s diversity concept. The university’s positive stance on diversity is also reflected in the slogan “diversity promotes intelligence”.
Virtual idea workshop
All members of the university were invited to join a 90-minute “ideation process” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., where they could discuss topics related to diversity, as well as any issues and possible solutions in small groups online – ideally in diverse teams comprising students, those directly affected, and role models. The workshop was a good platform to continue developing specific projects, or to develop something new.
Set topics that you can already sign up for are:
- Diversity as a success factor: teaching, learning and research in diverse teams; with diversity and inclusion to more innovation
- First generation students – what are the challenges and what support could the university offer?
- Accessibility: Studying/working with a disability or chronic illness – what is everyday life like?
- Forms of discrimination and/or harassment
- Diversity in makerspaces
- How sex matters in drug development
To register for the ideas workshop that will take place on May 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the Webex web page and register. As soon as the hosts have approved your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the workshop.
- 21.05.2020: Charta der Vielfalt: "Diversity: Das Online-Wissensspiel" [de]
- 02.04.2020: Prof. Dr. Katja Becker, DFG-Präsidentin: Diversität und Exzellenz sind für mich untrennbar. (pdf) [de] Erschienen auf studentenwerke.de
- April 2020: Erich Javis: "How I Became a Scientist: From Dancing to Science" Video on ibiology.org
- 06.03.2019: maiLab: "Zwischen Rassismus und Neugier: Woher kommst du?" [de] Video on YouTube
- 17.09.2015: McKinsey & Company: "Adressing unconscious bias" Video on YouTube
Charta der Vielfalt e. V. is the initiator of the country-wide German Diversity Day, which will be taking place for the eighth time. For this event, companies and institutions will be demonstrating their commitment to diversity with a number of internal and external events.