Promoting Diverse Networks

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit

As a learning organization, the University views diversity in its community, including different capabilities, characters, experiences, constitutions, life journeys and ways of living, as both an enrichment and a challenge. When activated through networking, diversity is an essential component to revealing different potential approaches to problems, which in turn opens new perspectives, ideas, lines of questioning and ultimately more comprehensive solutions. As such, the entire University community benefits from broadened horizons and a more effective use of resources.

Diversity Days 2022

On the occasion of the 10th nationwide Diversity Day, we celebrated the Diversity Days at the University of Bonn from May 30 to June 01, 2022. The program included a poster exhibition, the "Fair of Opportunities" and the theme day "Diversity and Family".

Several students talking to each other
© Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn


The University of Bonn wants to promote equal opportunities especially in studies and for students. Therefore, the University has set itself the goal of recognizing, valuing and promoting the individuality of each student.

A scientist looking through a microscope
© Bernadett Yehdou/ Universität Bonn

Research and Teaching

Diversity-sensitive structures promote equal opportunities. Both are essential for successful teaching, successful and barrier-free studying, and for excellent and innovative research.

A group of people listening to a presentation
© Colourbox

Management and Administration

The promotion of advanced training, good working conditions, reliable career prospects and demand-oriented services are tasks which the University of Bonn wants to prioritize.

Equal Opportunity at the University of Bonn

The University itself reflects the remarkably open and international atmosphere of the city of Bonn. The University's deep ties to its region and its broad national and international networks have positioned it as an important player in promoting equal opportunity.

Promotion of educational justice, good working conditions, reliable career perspectives and needs-oriented services are among the obligations that the University of Bonn voluntarily accepts on itself. It can only succeed in its efforts when there is a comprehensive understanding of equal opportunity and by bringing appropriate changes to its own structural framework conditions.

Bowls with colorful powders in them
© Colourbox

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit

The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit supports and advises the Rectorate in the (further) development of concepts and strategies to promote equal opportunities and diversity, supports and networks organizational units, academics and staff of the University of Bonn in the planning and implementation of activities in the field of equal opportunities, identifies good practice measures, ensures their transfer and contributes to the establishment of an organizational culture characterized by mutual appreciation and recognition.

Vice Rectorate for Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Ensuring equal opportunity for the challenges of gender equality and diversity is a university-wide strategic management objective of the University of Bonn. Professor Dr. Irmgard Förster has been the Vice Rector for Equal Opportunity and Diversity since 2021.

Ideas and suggestions

Feel free to contact us if you have ideas or suggestions for our work. Our contact form allows for sending anonymous messages as well.

Funding Programs of the Diversity Unit

The STEP Logo
© Stabsstelle Chancengerechtigkeit und Diversität


The Strengthening the Equal Opportunity Process (STEP) program is designed to recruit junior female scientists and professors and support them at all career stages.

Ongoing Projects of the Diversity Unit

Free menstrual products

Someone is taking a sanitary pad from a dispenser
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

The University of Bonn now offers free menstrual products for students. The project of the Prorectorate for Equal Opportunities and Diversity in cooperation with the AStA is in the pilot phase during the summer semester 2022. The dispensers will be located on seven selected toilets at central locations from May 1st onwards. With this offer, the University of Bonn contributes to breaking down barriers and implementing equal opportunities. Through the project, period poverty is counteracted and the topic of menstruation is further de-tabooed.


A word cloud with words regarding diversity and inclusion
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MitSprache is a program of the University of Bonn, which is carried out by the Department for Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism in cooperation with the Caritas Association Bonn. The concept sees language as the key to the integration of new immigrants, which enables educational opportunities and societal "co-speak" (Mit-Sprache), i.e. participation. The focus of the program is on integration and inclusion of young people of international origin who have recently moved to Germany and are interested in studying or in vocational training. 


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Anna Hollstegge

Head of Unit

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

D-53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5818

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Agnes Derjanecz

Deputy Head of Unit

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

D-53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 3359

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Ruth Ellen Bischoff

Unit Assistant

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5089

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Please note that the offices of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit are not entirely barrier-free. Where this is a problem, please inform us in advance so that we can serve you from more suitable premises.


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