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.

„Promoting Diverse Networks“

The Vice Rectorate and the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Unit are implementing the project „Promoting diversity - connecting diversity“ in the winter semester of 2023/24. In the process, we are working closely with students, lecturers, researchers and staff members. The overarching goal of the project is to raise and increase awareness of diversity in its various dimensions among all university members and to further anchor diversity in university life and culture.

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The aims of the project include:

  • to make diversity at the university more visible and to increase reflection and appreciation about it;
  • to exchange perspectives on diversity and to develop solutions to counter challenges;
  • to establish and improve transparency and knowledge about diversity and
  • to exchange ideas with other universities to gain new impulses for our work. 

These goals are to be implemented with a participatory approach involving all status groups. In this way, different perspectives on diversity are to be taken into account and new impulses set.

Information and participation formats within the project

In order to reach as many university members as possible and also the interested public, various activities are planned. In addition to an information campaign planned for the winter, these include information and exchange formats in the form of a series of public lectures and a series of workshop discussions open to all university members.

Lecture series

In the winter semester 2023/2024, the public lecture series "Diversity in a Change of Perspective - Politics, Society, University" will take place. Topics include gender, inclusion, educational equity, family equality, and decolonization.

Workshop discussions

A total of six workshop discussions will be held as part of the project. In moderated World Cafés, the diversity dimensions of inclusion, educational equity, protection from discrimination, gender equality and family friendliness will be addressed and wrapped up in a final sixth workshop. 

Events within the framework of the funding
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?
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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 ...
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 ...

Information for employees

For all employees, participation in up to two workshop meetings counts as working time. Please ensure that you comply with the regulations that apply to you regarding working hours and breaks.


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Anna Hollstegge

Head of Unit

Dechenstraße 3-11

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5818

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Daina Hues

Project Management

Dechenstraße 3-11

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73 5358

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