Equal opportunity and diversity

Humanity in all its variety enriches the university. Equal opportunity, equal rights, and diversity characterize our working together.

Different faculty cultures, the heterogeneity of our students, the high number of international students and researchers as well as all employees with their personal life story characterize our university. It is therefore very important to us that we integrate the individual history of each person into our everyday university life. Dealing with different ways of life and worldviews broadens our perspective and offers opportunities that we appreciate and seize upon.

The University of Stuttgart encourages diversity and equal opportunities as well as treating one another fairly, regardless of status, age, religion, skin color, disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender.

Show diversity: Guide for Signatories

To enable equal opportunities in higher education, Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel signed the Charter of Diversity. The goal: Students, teaching staff, and all those active in the areas of science, administration, and technology can work in an environment that promotes diversity and is free of prejudice.

University members can only benefit and learn from each other in an environment free of prejudice and hindrances; not only in terms of their personal development, but also on a cultural and academic level.

Prof. Dr. Monilola Olayioye, Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity

The University of Stuttgart is committed to open-minded cooperation. Openness, tolerance, respect, and fairness are the basis for the common work in everyday university life and the achievement of organizational goals. For its diversity management, the University of Stuttgart has chosen the following fields of action: Research & Science, University Studies & Teaching, Human Resources & Development as well as Infrastructure & Agility.

As a cross-discipline topic, diversity refers to all these fields of action and addresses the following dimensions, which are always interrelated and must be considered as a whole. With the involvement of many players at the Diversity Roundtable, the University of Stuttgart derives a wide range of diversity measures from this topic and offers extensive services.

Diversity dimensions

The University of Stuttgart is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for men and women both during their studies and in the field of science as a whole.

The University of Stuttgart established the Gender Consulting Service for the implementation of the “Research-Oriented Gender Equality Standards” from the German Research Foundation (DFG). This service assists scientists in including gender aspects when they write a research proposal. The service also supports management staff in integrating the principles of gender equality into the portfolio of their leadership understanding. 

Since there are different personal life situations, different strategies arise to combine university and private life.

The University of Stuttgart provides various support services for employees and students to make working and studying conditions more family-friendly. The university has already received several awards for its family-friendliness.

The research project “LSBTTIQ in Baden and Wuerttemberg” investigates the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, trans- and intersexual as well as queer persons in the period of National Socialism.

The Student Counseling Center (ZSB) is the University of Stuttgart’s professional counseling center for all concerns of prospective and current students, including all diversity dimensions.

Student Counseling Center

In intergenerational learning, students and non-degree seeking students of all ages are working and learning together, thereby broadening and complementing their particular perspectives.

Center for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning

The Officer for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses gives advice and support to prospective and current students in all disability-related issues.

The Board of Representatives for Disabled Persons/Employees/Students promotes the integration of disabled persons into university life and into their particular workplace. It represents their interests and gives them advice and support.

The Health Management team takes care of health promotion measures and advises on issues relating to addiction support, workplace integration management, and conflicts.

The Working Group “Accessible Campus” promotes the removal of barriers on the campus and better accessibility of buildings and technology.

Current studies show that the socio-cultural background of a student can have a significant influence on the success of their university studies or on the reasons why they terminate their studies.
The University of Stuttgart established the Working Group on Education and Social Inequality in order to enable equal opportunities for all students. The working group aims to develop appropriate measures to mitigate the study problems that stem from social inequality. In addition, secondary school students and university students who will be the first in their family to complete a university degree can find a mentor at ArbeiterKind.de who will help with all questions related to university studies.

We believe that excellent science is made possible through a multi-perspective approach, in which international and intercultural perspectives are discussed, and methods, content, programs, and working practice are acted upon in a wide range of collaborations. Therefore, the University of Stuttgart promotes its internationalization. A large number of services make it easier for students, researchers, and new immigrants to start their life in Germany.

As one of the university’s unique features, the intensively practiced Stuttgarter Weg (Stuttgart Way) shows what can be achieved when top-level scientists from a variety of disciplines work together. In this sense, the success of the University of Stuttgart is only possible through the cooperation of all university members with their different disciplinary orientations and talents.

Diversity in research

The University of Stuttgart places particular emphasis on the topic of diversity through the professorship “Diversity Studies in the Engineering Sciences”, which is tailored to the university’s specific profile.

The research interests of the associated institute lie in the approach to human diversity in the context of diversity management, for example in the field of human resources management. In relation to the diversity of processes and technical systems, topics include the approach to change and renewal, innovation and knowledge management, and change dynamics in companies and networks. In addition to methods of empirical social research, modeling and simulation methods are also used.

Prof. Dr. Meike Tilebein:Department of Diversity Studies

This picture showsMonilola Olayioye
Prof. Dr.

Monilola Olayioye

Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity

This picture showsKatharina Wilhelm

Katharina Wilhelm

Personal Assistant to the Vice Rector for Early Career Researchers and Diversity

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