Active engagement with the topic of diversity at the University of Bremen was initiated to draw strength from diversity, to raise awareness of structural inequalities, and to promote equal opportunities. With the concept of diversity, we address the strategic handling of diversity in higher education policy. Our diversity processes aim to further develop our organizational culture into an inclusive, that is, participatory, diversity-competent and anti-discriminatory university that allows for diverse perspectives, incorporates them, and draws creative potential from them.
The individual work areas are organized according to key diversity aspects such as gender, sexual identity and orientation, cultural, social, and educational background, language, religion or worldview, age, disability or chronic illness, and family situation. In accordance with our aspiration to adopt an intersectional perspective that encompasses the mutual influence of diversity aspects, we cooperate in particular with the Administrative Unit 04 for Equal Opportunities / Anti-Discrimination, the KIS – Office for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Diseases, and the International Office.
Our diversity strategy’s guiding principles outline the direction of our work. In addition, there are strategy papers on internationality (currently being updated), inclusion (currently being reviewed), and the Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) Strategy in the context of the YUFE Alliance (see below).
The internationalization and diversity activities of the University of Bremen are expanded by the foundation of the university network YUFE – Young Universities for the Future of Europe. More specifically, together with the University of Essex, the university is co-leading the joint work package Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) during the pilot phase of the European university initiative. Diversity and inclusivity are two of the key principles of the YUFE Alliance, which strives to create a student-centered, open, and inclusive European university. In this context, the YUFE Diversity & Inclusivity Strategy has been developed. Moreover, a D&I lecture series, training offers, and a digital D&I Portal are in the pipeline.