Equal Opportunities, Diversity Management & Inclusion

Reutlingen University recognises the importance of gender equality, diversity and inclusion as core tasks of university development. We actively promote equal opportunities, appreciation and participation by offering a wide range of advice and services as well as a variety of support options. A reliable cooperation between all institutions, schools and organisational units is the basis for recognising discrimination, breaking down barriers, promoting educational equality and providing access.

Equal Opportunities at Reutlingen University

The equality goals of Reutlingen University are defined in the equality plan. This describes the university's development goals in science, administration and among students. In addition to reporting on implemented measures and key figures, the Equality Plan contains specific objectives. A synthesis of the goals can also be found in the Gender Equality Plan.

Professors wanted

The proportion of women in professorships in Baden-Württemberg is only 17 percent. Reutlingen University therefore works closely with the State Conference of Equal Opportunities Officers at Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg (LaKof BW) to recruit more women for responsible and self-determined teaching positions. Among other things, LaKof offers comprehensive qualification programmes, workshops and seminars.

Promoting equality & diversity

Reutlingen University has excellent connections with numerous foundations, initiatives and companies that promote female students in MINT subjects, the qualification of female management personnel and a better work-life balance in academia. Below you will find a selection of available funding opportunities for students and young academics.


Diversity means the visibility and appreciation of all people, regardless of their origin, identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and age. At Reutlingen University, we have developed various concepts to ensure and express this very diversity. Please feel free to click through the offers, cooperations and programmes for more information.

Diversity wheel

We use the "diversity wheel" to represent diversity in the university context. With the help of this guideline, we succeed in representing the greatest possible diversity.

Gender-sensitive language

Gender-sensitive language helps to reduce discrimination, increase the visibility of all genders and enable encounters at eye level.

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Inclusive teaching

We consider diversity in teaching to be essential. In order to make our courses as inclusive as possible, we regularly participate in the Diversity Audit of the Stifterverband.


We encounter diversity in different areas of life. At the university, lecturers, staff and students who differ, for example, in their cultural identity, age or educational background meet. Reutlingen University sees diversity as a valuable resource for all those involved. Fundamental to this are exchange, mutual respect and open-mindedness.

In order to make diversity visible at the university, we have developed a diversity wheel based on a model by Gardenwartz & Rowe. This sees teachers, staff and students as individuals (yellow circle) who meet in the context of the university (grey and white circle). These differ in various dimensions. These include gender diversity and equality, ethnic background and cultural identity, family responsibilities, physical and intellectual abilities, different pathways to higher education, sexual orientation and identity, religion and age (dark blue circle). According to the concept of intersectionality, people can identify with different dimensions, which in turn shape them in their personality.

The dimensions are meant to stimulate an exchange about diversity and a reflection on one's own imprints, thought structures and experiences. They do not claim to be objectively valid.

Diversity-sensitive teaching

Reutlingen University aims to strengthen diversity-sensitive teaching. For this reason, it regularly participates in the "Shaping Diversity" audit of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany). We are convinced that teaching is only effective if it reflects the students' diversity and supports them in developing their full potential.

Diversity Month

Diversity is a central concern at Reutlingen University. Every year, therefore, Diversity Week takes place, which we will expand to a Diversity Month for the first time in 2023. Numerous lectures and activities highlight the topic of diversity from different perspectives and invite people to reflect on it. The programme is aimed at all interested parties.

Diversity Month at Reutlingen University

Our society's diversity is increasingly attracting the attention of politicians and the media. What developments await us in the coming years and how can social diversity be used and solutions found for socio-economic and environmental problems? We would like to discuss these and other questions with Dr. Ulrike Baumgärtner and Prof. Dr. Ramazan Selcuk.

Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Baumgärtner, Ramazan Selcuk
Language: German, English - questions are welcome
Time & Location: Wed 03 May, 16:30, Rooms 17-U17 + 17-U18
No registration required

In this workshop you will discover and reflect on different intersecting factors that impact your identity and make you a unique individual. Because some intersecting factors can also trigger biases and discrimination in different social and cultural contexts, we will address the problems and identify solutions. This workshop is open for students, staff, and professors/lecturers. Limited to 25 participants.

Speaker: Prof. Yoany Beldarrain, PhD & Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Hofvenschiöld
Language: English
Time & Location: Fri 05 May Mai, 9:45-11:15, Room 20- 019


Deadline: 04 May 

Play together, learn together. Come to International Game Night and choose an international game to play. Outdoor games will include Jegichagi from Korea and Dariabandha from Bangladesh. If you are not in the mood for something physical, then play an indoor table game such as Mahjong cards, Sudoku, Mancala, Checkers or Dominoes. If you are not in the mood for that either, then play an international soccer video game in a mini tournament. Let us know you are coming by registering in advance. If you decide to join last minute, no problem, just come!

Time & Location: Wed 10 May, 18-20:30 in front of building 20 for outdoor games, rooms 20-021 + 20-024 for indoor games
Organisation: Prof. Yoany Beldarrain, PhD
Registration:https://forms.gle/8SZzK8HfeaaqrrKJ8, Deadline: 08 May

Wir leben in einem Zeitalter rapider gesellschaftlicher Transformation. Welche Auswirkungen haben Veränderungen in internationalen Beziehungen und steigende gesellschaftliche Diversität auf Bildungseinrichtungen und Forschung? Diese und andere Fragen werden mit Prof. Stephan Seiter und allen Teilnehmenden diskutiert. 

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stephan Seiter MdB
Language: German, English
Time & Location: Tue 16 May, 19:00-20:00, Zoom
Registration: No registration required, simply join here.

What challenges do media professionals face when dealing with other people's stories of flight and to what extent does reporting in the German media reflect the diversity of different stories of flight? Wolfgang Bauer, reporter of the Zeit editorial team, will address these and other questions this afternoon.

Speaker: Wolfgang Bauer
Language: German, English; questions are welcome.
Time & Location: Mon 22 May, 16:30, Rooms 17-U17 + 17-U18
No registration required

Good coffee, good treats and good conversations! Come by during lunch and grab a coffee, eat something sweet, and exchange ideas with a “diversity ambassador” in different languages. The ekhg and the Diversity Team look forward to seeing you!

Time & Location: Tue, 23 May, 12:30-13:30, behind building 3 at the tables/parasols. 
No registration required

Advisory services for students & employees

Extensive (advisory) services supports students in managing their daily study routine in various life situations. The services support students at the beginning and during their studies.

Advice on discrimination, harassment and violence

Advice for students with chronic illness or impairment

Family Service Centre


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Deputy Equal Opportunities Representative

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Equality, Diversity & Family Services Representative