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The term diversity is derived from the Latin word “diversitas” and refers to the difference or variety of people and ways of life. As a rule, it includes various diversity dimensions or characteristics, such as gender identity, (ascribed) origin, sexual orientation, health impairments and disabilities, social origin, age or religion, and others. It is important to note that these characteristics are not natural, but socially constructed and thus produced by social dynamics and practices. Diversity implies a positive and appreciative perspective on the diversity of people and groups.

Diversity work at universities aims to transfer this appreciative attitude toward the diversity of our society to its own institution and accordingly aims to achieve a diverse composition of its members and staff. This also includes breaking down existing barriers to access and inhibiting disadvantages in the university context. Diversity work must therefore always go hand in hand with anti-discrimination work - these are two sides of the same coin, so to speak.

Diversity at the University of Potsdam

The promotion of equal opportunities and diversity is part of the University of Potsdam's self-image. For this reason, the university will continue to ensure in the coming years that students, teachers, and employees from technology and administration have the same opportunities and development possibilities and are protected from discrimination, regardless of age, ethnic origin, disability or impairment, gender, sexual identity, religion or ideology, and nationality. The UP is a cosmopolitan and tolerant university that resolutely opposes racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination.

The University of Potsdam sees the promotion of equal opportunities as feasible through the elimination of stereotyping and the development of diversity-sensitive structures and a gender-sensitive culture. In the University Development Plan (only available in German), it has therefore committed itself to developing a university-specific and organizational culture-developing diversity strategy that will enable the systematic analysis of structures and the development of an equal-opportunity, family-friendly, international, and diversity-acknowledging university culture. The diversity strategy will form the basis for the development of an overall "Inclusive University" concept that will integrate various existing and planned diversity-oriented projects and goals. These include the project "A University for All," barrier-free study and working conditions, health promotion, internationalization, opportunity-oriented personnel development, anti-discrimination work, family-friendly compatibility structures, and increasing the proportion of disabled students. Participation in the Stifterverband's "Vielfalt gestalten" (Shaping Diversity) diversity audit will represent a decisive step toward implementing these goals.


Total E-Quality, Add-On Diversity Logo

Total E-Quality, Add-On Diversity

For the seventh time in a row, the University of Potsdam has received the Total E-Quality award. For the first time in 2020, the University of Potsdam also received the Add-on Diversity award.

Familie in der Hochschule e.V.

Familie in der Hochschule e.V.

Under the name Familie in der Hochschule e.V. (Family in Higher Education), universities gather to promote the compatibility of studies, career and scientific teaching and research with family respon.