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Strategy

Our Mission

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).

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Contact

Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner
Vice President International and Diversity

Nele Kuhn
Diversity Officer

Dr. Margrit E. Kaufmann
Diversity Expert

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Our Tasks

  • strategic planning and process monitoring: firmly anchoring diversity in concepts, guidelines, and measures in the fields of teaching, learning, research, human resources, and administration
  • continued development of the organizational culture: increasing awareness among university members
  • providing assistance in anchoring aspects of diversity in the standard institutional organization of teaching, learning, research, and administration, as well as developing target-group-specific measure
  • structural networking of the areas of equal opportunities, inclusion/disability rights, internationality/interculturality, and anti-discrimination as overarching element

Our Organization

Two committees shape the diversity process at the University of Bremen:

 

The Diversity Steering Group is the central body for planning and implementing diversity measures.

The Diversity advisory board board provides expert commentary on key diversity-related measures and projects, evaluates developments, and makes recommendations.

YUFE

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.

Putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of YUFE

Video on the YUFE Diversity and Inclusivity Strategy with Karen Bush (University of Essex)

As one of ten international YUFE partner universities, the University of Essex leads the Diversity and Inclusivity (D&I) strategy – the University of Bremen is co-leading this work package. In the blog post and corresponding video below, Karen Bush, who is currently leading YUFE’s D&I work package, explains why and how diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the YUFE strategy.

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If you encounter barriers, discriminatory content, or ambiguities while reading our pages, we welcome you to send an email to diversity@uni-bremen.de.