“Because we care about diversity!” – University of Bayreuth signs Diversity Charter
University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 082/2020, 26 May 2020
In marking German Diversity Day 2020, the University of Bayreuth has signed the Diversity Charter. The Charter is a voluntary commitment to encourage diversity and recognition in the world of work. By signing the charter, University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible is reaffirming the will to promote equal opportunities and diversity at the University of Bayreuth, and to create a working environment that is free of prejudice and discrimination.
“The whole spectrum of social diversity shines throughout our cosmopolitan university”, Leible explains. “In our mission statement, we emphasize that we respect all people on our campus equally, regardless of their differences, that we value their diversity, and seek to nurture it. By signing the Diversity Charter, we are reaffirming our commitment to a fair and non-discriminatory university culture.”
For this reason, the University has firmly anchored the realization of equal opportunities, the promotion of diversity, and has determined action against discrimination in its overall strategy. “We do not tolerate discrimination against persons at our university on the basis of their gender, origins or nationality, sexual orientation, religion or ideology, or age or disability”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, Vice President for Internationalization and Equal Opportunities & Diversity. “Moreover, we consider the diverse experiences, perspectives, and skills of our employees and students to be an essential resource for creativity and innovation, for gaining new scientific knowledge, and developing innovative solutions for the world of tomorrow.”
The University of Bayreuth has been committed to providing a fair and non-discriminatory working environment for many years:
- It was first certified as a Family-Friendly University in 2006.
- It offers its employees flexible childcare options, as well as outwork and teleworking.
- Since 2013, it has been regularly agreeing targets with its faculties to implement equal opportunities between the sexes, and to increase the proportion of women in research.
- In 2018, it became the third Bavarian university to receive the DHV (German Association of University Professors and Lecturers) quality seal for fair and transparent appointment negotiations.
- Current measures to promote equal opportunities and diversity include, among other things, the establishment of a training program for employees with management or advisory responsibility, and the development of anti-discrimination guidelines.
“We all share in the hope that is formulated in the final sentence of the Diversity Charter”, said Scheibel: “We are convinced that living out diversity and valuing this diversity will benefit society in Germany.”
The Diversity Charter is an employer initiative founded in 2006 to promote diversity in companies and institutions. It is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Minister of State Annette Widmann-Mauz. The non-profit association Charta der Vielfalt e.V. (https://www.charta-der-vielfalt.de/) was founded in 2010 as supporting organization. This has been under the patronage of Dr. Angela Merkel since 2011.
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Dr. Stefan Kurth
Head of the Diversity Service Point
University of Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-7870
University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstr. 30 / ZUV
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5357