Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the University of Bonn

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.

Retrospective of the Diversity Days 2023

On the occasion of the German Diversity Day, we celebrated the Diversity Days together with you on May 23 and 24, 2023! A retrospective of the two days can be found here.

Diversity in...

Several students talking to each other
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

“Everyone Benefits”

Prof. Dr. Irmgard Förster and Anna Hollstegge talk about diversity in a university context and the work of the Diversity Unit.

Interview with forsch

The interview as a pdf and more articles on diversity can be found in the forsch 2022/02.

White text on pink and black background: "War das jetzt Rassismus?" ("Was this racism?")
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Counseling regarding racism for students

The University of Bonn offers counseling for BIPoC students, which is carried out by the psychological counselor and trainer Eden Kirchner. It is not necessary that a concrete discriminatory situation has occurred in order to make use of the offer.

University of Bonn Reference Framework for Gender Equality 2022–2026

Universities are required by Section 5 of the Gender Equality Act for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LGG NRW) to issue a framework for gender equality for a period of three to five years. At the University of Bonn, this consists of a framework plan for gender equality, which defines the goals of the entire university, as well as the equality plans of the faculties, the central institutions and the administration.

The reference framework as well as all equality plans of the faculties, the central institutions and the administration, can be viewed here.

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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

Pathways to Research

The Pathways to Research program is designed to support young people and early-career researchers with a refugee or migration background.

Keyvisual of the Pathways Program
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The STEP Logo
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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

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© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

The University of Bonn now offers menstrual products free of charge. With this offer, the university helps in de-tabooing the topic and makes an important contribution to the further implementation of educational equity.


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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

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5818

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Ruth Ellen Bischoff

Unit Assistant

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5089

Current notice

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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