Diversity in general

Diversity Policy UdS

Saarland University sees itself as an institution that is sensitive to gender and diversity, the diversity of the university members and strives to be an open university structure. The university and its members appreciate the sensitive use of language by everyone for everyone and create the basis for a lively and attractive university.

This includes a university culture that values cooperative behavior and civil courage, and thus lays the foundation for a positive and non-violent study and work climate. Workplace bullying and harassment, discrimination, stalking, sexual harassment or their precursors are assessed as transgressive behavior and not tolerated. Diversity, equal opportunities and gender equality are fundamental cross-cutting issues of the university, which sees itself as a modern university. Gender mainstreaming and Diversity Policy are regarded as maxims for action and guiding principles that form integral components of structural and developmental planning.

With the support of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit, the UdS develops measures that do not treat individual differences in a polarizing manner, but rather value them as indispensable potential. With incentives in studies, teaching and research, the UdS promotes a non-discriminatory environment, which also integrates the amendment to the Civil Status Act, which was implemented in 2019.


University development plan 2020 - 2021

What does it mean to have an open and diverse campus? How does a university support all its students and staff for who they are or how they identify themselves?

Diversity in higher education is an important topic around the world.

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” (https://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~asuomca/diversityinit/definition.html)

Diversity management is beyond just a concept. In fact, it is bound by law to respect various factors and to prevent discrimination against someone based on the protected characteristics.

“No person shall be favored or disfavored because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith or religious or political opinion. No person shall be favored or disfavored because of disability. ”- Article 3, Paragraph 3 Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

Diversity im Jahresverlauf

Den Vielfalts-Kalender 2021 können Sie hier  herunterladen. 

Er ist ein Angebot im Rahmen der Charta der Vielfalt - Für Diversity in der Arbeitswelt. Dort gibt es viele interessante Zahlen und Informationen rund um das Thema Diversität (www.charta-der-vielfalt.de)