The active shaping of diversity at the University of Bremen was initiated in order to generate strength from diversity, to raise awareness of structural inequalities, and to enable greater equality of opportunity. With the concept of diversity, we address the strategic handling of diversity in higher education policy. With the diversity processes, we would like to further develop the organizational culture into an inclusive, i.e. participatory, diversity-competent and discrimination-critical university that allows for and includes diverse perspectives and draws creative potential from them.
Our work is based on the central diversity dimensions enshrined in the AGG, such as gender, sexual identity and orientation, race, religion or belief, age, and disability or chronic illness. In doing so, we adopt an intersectional perspective that captures the mutual influence of diversity aspects.
The guiding principles of our Diversity Strategy (2017) formulate the action orientation of our work. In addition, there are central strategy papers such as the Equality Future Concept (2018), the Inclusion Action Plan (2023) and the Diversity & Inclusivity Strategy (2020) in the context of the YUFE Alliance (see below)
The engagement in the university alliance YUFE, Young Universities for the Future of Europe, extends the internationalization and diversity activities of the University of Bremen. Diversity and inclusion are among the fundamental principles of the YUFE alliance, which is focused on shaping a student-centered, open and inclusive European university. Karen Bush, head of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) work package, explains how and why diversity and inclusion are at the core of the YUFE strategy in this blog post including a video.