News and Events regarding Diversity at the University of Bonn

Here you can find the current projects, workshops and events that deal with the different dimensions of diversity in everyday university life.

Kick-Off-Event BIPoC Employees Network
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06:00 PM
All employees who self-identify as BIPoC can join the network, regardless of whether you work in the academic or non-academic field. Lecturers at the ...
Lecture 4 - "Universal Design" for Schools and Universities
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
What does universal design actually mean in the school and university sector? And how can it be implemented concretely in everyday school and university life? ...
Lecture 5 - Education for everyone?
Hauptgebäude der ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
In her talk, Mareice Kaiser speaks about unequal chances and about strategies towards more equity in the education system, personally and politically. This is ...
Empowerment workshop for BIPoC students
Online via Zoom (Link ...
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
In this empowerment workshop, you will have the opportunity to empower yourself in dialogue with other BIPoC students at the University of Bonn and to deal ...
Workshop Discussion 3: Gender equality
01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
The workshop discussion "Gender Equality" will discuss how the equal participation of all genders and gender identities at the university can be better ...
Workshop Discussion 4: Protection from discrimination
01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
In the workshop discussion on the topic "Protection from Discrimination", discrimination characteristics and risks at the structural and institutional level ...

Rhineland Network for Equal Opportunities

Promoting equal opportunities and thus creating an open and appreciative working and study environment is the goal of our work. To reinforce this goal, the University of Bonn is a member of the Rhineland Network for Equal Opportunities since September 2023 and joins in following its shared guidelines. The other members are the University of Cologne, the RWTH Aachen University, the Cologne University of Technology, the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, the German Aerospace Centre and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. Our work is guided by the guidelines and the joint efforts of our network partners.

You can view the press release (PDF) here.

First page of the Rheinland Netzwerk press release
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Logo of the "Vielfalt" initiative by the HRK
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Funding Initiative: ‘Diversity at German Universities’

The University of Bonn has successfully applied for project funding as part of the "Diversity at German Universities" initiative. The initiative is run by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Among other things, it aims to support German universities in making diversity more visible, promoting their own diversity strategies and encouraging the participation of all university members in the process. A total of 33 universities receive funding for diversity projects under the initiative.

Guide to Gender Equitable Language

Gender-equitable language is an increasingly important issue in Germany, both in society as a whole as well as at universities in specific. Precise expression is especially important in an academic context, which is why choosing language that is as correct and inclusive as possible is a priority. The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit is currently working with the AG Diversity to develop a guide for gender-equitable language. This will serve as a working aid for all members of the University of Bonn. Until this guideline is published, we recommend the Faculty of Agriculture's guideline for gender-equitable language, which can be viewed here.

Text typed on a typewriter: "Gender Equality"
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Pathways to Research Keyvisual
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Pathways to Research

Attention students and doctoral students with a refugee or migrant background: the new Pathways to Research funding program has started this year at the University of Bonn. The program includes monthly scholarships, workshop offers and much more.

Counseling regarding racism for students of the University of Bonn

The individual consultation regarding racism is conducted by Eden Abrehet (she/her), psychological counsellor and trainer for empowerment and anti-discrimination. Eden is an external counsellor and offers to talk about concrete racist incidents or burdens due to racist discrimination within the university context.

She creates a space with you to reflect on your experiences and to support you in developing suitable individual strategies and ways of dealing with certain situations. She also develops future measures for the University of Bonn, based on her work with the students. Appointments can be made by email and will take place online for the time being. All emails are read only by Eden and are subject to confidentiality, just like the counselling sessions. This means that no information will be shared with others without the students' consent. Counseling is provided by the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit and was developed in cooperation with the former BIPoC department.

Portrait von Frau Eden Kirchner
© Eden Abrehet

WiS Podcast Logo #7 Diversity Days
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Women in Science Podcast

Here are a few more acoustic impressions of this year's Diversity Days: In issue 7, the Women in Science Podcast talks to various participants of the Diversity Days about the goals of their respective organizations. The topics "Health and Sustainability" and "Women and family" are discussed partly in English, partly in German. In issue 8, the focus is on “International & Students and university development”

Listen to the podcast here.

Logo of "Inclusive University"
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Inclusive University

As an inclusive university, the University of Bonn seeks to enable students with disabilities and chronic illnesses to study without hindrance. The availability of four different lines of funding from the joint NRW state and University of Bonn “Inclusive University” grant program is designed to permit a flexible response tailored both to individual student needs and the different conditions prevailing across the University. The four grant programs are: Project funding, Support personnel, Establishment of workstations in institute libraries and Establishment of quiet and recuperation rooms.

Details about the grant program and the application and selection procedure are provided in Confluence: Inclusive University (german). Initial users of Confluence first have to activate an account here (access via internal network/VPN only).

Free menstrual products

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.

Further information can be found here.

A person is taking a menstrual pad from a dispenser.
© Barbara Frommann / Universität Bonn

Femmunity study

The Femmunity Study of the LIMES Institute and the Department of Nutrition and Microbiota of the University of Bonn is also currently conducting research on the topic of periods. The study aims to investigate the influence of the menstrual cycle on the immune system and metabolism. Participants are currently still being sought. If you are interested in participating, you can find more information here (german).

News regarding diversity
Students develop an app in the "Location-Based Services" seminar

In the summer semester of 2022, the seminar "Location-Based Services" was offered at the University of Bonn in cooperation with the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit. The seminar was led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan-Henrik Haunert and Dr.-Ing. Youness Dehbi from the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation. In the course of the module, the students developed an app that provides a navigable campus map with barrier-free paths as well as access points.

Early name and data change for transgender students

Transgender students can now change their name and gender marker early

Solidarity with Ukraine

On the occasion of the Russian war in the Ukraine, the University and State Library Bonn (ULB) presents topic-related literature from its holdings and refers to selected websites of trustworthy institutions that serve as sources of information or enable private assistance.

Program MitSprache

From 2021, Equal Opportunity and Diversity will provide financial and advisory support for the program MitSprache. The program will be, in the course of this enhancement, extended to all faculties of the university and can be chosen as an export module from SoSe 2021. The University of Bonn is thus promoting educational equity, widening access and inclusion.

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 very beginning of the cross-institute initiative which is embedded in the curriculum goes back to Autumn 2015 when the first module Engaged for Refugees was designed.

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. 

A further aim of MitSprache is to qualify students as language coaches who support and accompany newcomers on their way to university. In the seminar students acquire knowledge of language didactics, as well as methodological and socio-cultural skills.

Graphic with a ring of words regarding diverstiy and inclusion.
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Diversity Days 2023

On the occasion of the German Diversity Day on 23 May 2023, we organised the Diversity Days at the University of Bonn for the second time in a row. We enjoyed spending the Diversity Days with you and would like to give you a short review of the two days of the event.


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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

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