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.
Diversity in action at the University of Stuttgart
- Working Group Accessible Campus: This working group is committed to reducing structural, technical and digital barriers.
- Working group "Education and Social Inequality": this working group develops appropriate measures to mitigate problems at university that arise due to social inequality.
- Corporate health management: The task and goal of Corporate Health Management is to sustainably integrate health promotion into everyday working life at the University of Stuttgart.
- Diversity in teaching [de]: What does diversity in teaching mean, and how is it possible to implement productive and respectful cooperation in university courses?
- Dual Career Service: The Dual Career Service supports new professors and their partners in their new start at the University of Stuttgart.
- Family-friendly university: The service Uni & Family offers support programs for employees and students to ensure that conditions for working and studying are family-friendly.
- Life Cycle Mentoring Programs: TryScience, StartScience
- Onboarding offer [de]: The Onboarding program offers new employees everything they need to ensure they get off to a good start.
- Steering Committee Internationalization [de]: Advisory committee on internationalization at the university.
- Diversity as a market advantage: Economist Dr. Ksenia Keplinger from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems spoke about "Unleashing the true potential of diversity and inclusion".
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.