Diversity at TUK

Diversity at TUK


Brochure: Diversity at TUK

A first project in this framework was the publication of a brochure featuring different people at the university. The brochure is available since January 2020 and can be ordered at gleichstellung-vielfalt-familie(at)uni-kl.de.

Informal counselling and official complaints procedure in cases of discrimination and sexualized violence at TUK

2021, the complaints procedure  was introduced. On the one hand, it names informal points of contact to which persons affected by discrimination or sexualized violence can turn. On the other hand, an official complaint procedure can be initiated. The goal: respectful and appreciative treatment. If this is documented disregarded, a complaints procedure can be initiated to prevent further discriminatory behavior. Complaints are handled in cooperation with departments and interest groups of TUK. Solutions are developed with affected and/or discriminating persons. The complaints office is Gender Equality, Diversity and Familiy Affairs Office.

Diversity working group

Since November 2017, interested parties as well as actors who deal with diversity issues at TUK have been meeting. On November 14, 2019, the Diversity Network was renamed the "Diversity Working Group". The background: a core team now meets in the working group to plan diversity activities. Guests or individuals who support specific planning efforts are welcome to join.

Tasks of the working group

  • To promote respect for difference and appreciation of the added value that diversity brings,
  • to inform and discuss issues
  • to organize specific events and (awarness) workshops and
  • to participate in networks in Rhineland-Palatinate

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What does diversity mean?

The following diversity dimensions are presented by the Diversity Charter, based on the "Four Layers of Diversity" (cf. Gardenswartz & Rowe, Diverse Teams at Work (2nd Edition, SHRM, 2003):

Total E-Quality Award for Equal Opportunities + Diversity

In 2021, the TUK applied for the Total E-Quality award for the second time and was positively evaluated. In addition to the predicate for equal opportunities, the add-on diversity was also applied this time. We are pleased that our work at TUK has been honoured by the jury. The jury notes that "in recent years there have been ... positive structural developments regarding the active promotion of women in the context of recruitment and staffing. In addition, there are diverse measures for individual career development."

The promotion of a family-friendly university is also highlighted. The jury decided that "measures to balance family life with studies or work ... are profound" and that innovative approaches are implemented, such as the consideration of fathers in the activities carried out.

Diversity activities were also rated positively: "Many different actors are well networked in working groups," said the jury. "Under the heading of anti-discrimination, all dimensions of diversity are addressed.

However, it is also noted that further tasks should be pursued:
- Developing goals related to all diversity dimensions in the (future) University Development Plan.
- The expansion of thematic executive training as well as the integration of gender equality goals.
- Reducing the workload of women in their committee participation, and
- Evaluations related to all diversity dimensions

The TUK is on the right way. However, we will certainly follow further goals in order to promote a diversity-friendly university.

Facing Discrimination

Anyone who is affected by or observes discrimination can get in touch with the following contact points contact points.

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (LADS) RLP also offers counselling. Free legal advice is available there; contact: antidiskriminierungsstelle[at]mffjiv.rlp.de


In a study on experiences of discrimination  at TUK, observed and self-experienced discrimination was described. The results of the survey provide a basis for developing measures in this area.



TUK has signed the Diversity Charter and set a clear signal for diversity and tolerance.

By signing the Diversity Charter, we are signalling our commitment to creating a working environment that is free of biases and that shows respect for all our employees, regardless of their gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

Diversity management is a trans-sectional issue. The idea behind it:A diversity-oriented organisation enables all employees to contribute their potential.  It also promotes the diversity of ideas or products for which the organisation stands.More and more companies and institutions are noticing these advantages: around 3,000 corporations, companies, public institutions, associations, foundations and federations have now signed the Diversity Charter.  Approximately 13 million employees benefit from it.

We are very pleased to be part of the largest diversity network in Germany and to be able to promote and shape diversity together with you. Feel free to contribute your own ideas on how diversity can be lived at TUK!

The Diversity Charter is an initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More information on the content of the Diversity Charter and the points to which we have committed ourselves by signing it can be found here.

Contact persons at TUK

In cases of discrimination, please contact the Gender Equality, Diversity and Family Affairs Office or other contact persons named in the complaints procedure / in the document "Informal counseling and official complaints procedure in cases of discrimination and sexualized violence at TUK".

The department of International Affairs (ISGS) supports international students and staff: https://www.uni-kl.de/international/home/

Disabled students can contact the representative for disabled students or the senate representative for the interest of disabled students. Employers can contact representaion of disabled employees.

If you have a conflict with (other) employees or managers at TUK, you can contact the staff council: https://www.uni-kl.de/personalrat/startseite/

The Secretariats Network is committed to the interests of secretaries: https://www.uni-kl.de/snw/

The Student Service Centre (SSC) offers a comprehensive range of advice and information on all aspects of studying at the TUK: https://www.uni-kl.de/ssc/

Students can contact various departments in the AStA or student councils at the TUK: https://www.asta.uni-kl.de/
The TUK university groups offer contact opportunities on various topics: https://www.uni-kl.de/hochschulgruppen/

Catholic, Protestant and Muslim university groups enable students to meet with other believers (and also non-believers): https://www.uni-kl.de/ESG/; https://www.khg-kl.de/; https://www.uni-kl.de/msg/


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