Diversity Policies at Goethe University

Goethe University’s objective is to establish a diversity-oriented organisational structure and culture that offers all its members and affiliates equal opportunities, irrespective of their origin and life situation, and counteracts discrimination. To this end, Goethe University has continuously developed its diversity policies since 2010. The term “diversity policies” underlines that Goethe University understands that acknowledging diversity is a cross-cutting task which affects all areas of university development and governance: teaching, studies, research and administration. The university’s work in the area of diversity focuses on structural and cultural change through more awareness raising and the reflection of equality and diversity in its foundational concepts, guidelines and rules. It also provides support services for various target groups.


Instruments and Guidelines

Goethe University has set itself the objective of creating equal opportunities and counteracting discrimination. This is also expressed in the university's Mission Statement and all guidelines related to governance (e.g. University Development Plan, agreements on objectives with the Federal State of Hesse, strategy and development agreements with the faculties). It has also introduced various instruments to achieve this objective. Further information.

Central Gender Equality and Diversity Action Plan 2019-2024 (German)

Inclusion Action Plan 2020-2023 (German)

Goethe University Mission Statement

Anti-Discrimination Directive (German)

Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plans (GEDAPs)



One of the priorities of our diversity policies is to professionalise all university members in terms of their handling of diversity and ensure that such handling is sensitive and critical of discrimination. The target groups are researchers, teaching staff, student tutors/mentors, academic advisors, administrative staff, and supervisors in academia and administration.

Awareness raising through reflection

Consulting services for teaching and other staff

Consulting services for faculties and central institutions

Anti-Discrimination Office

Events organised by the Equal Opportunities Office (German)

Publications issued by the Equal Opportunities Office (German)

Work priorities at Goethe University


Diversity as a cross-cutting structure

Equality, diversity policies and anti-discrimination are cross-cutting tasks at Goethe University that should be reflected and implemented as part of all the university's guidelines, concepts and processes.

Studies & Diversity 

Teaching & Diversity

Teacher Education & Diversity

Gender-equitable and Diversity-sensitive Leadership

Academia & Diversity

Research & Diversity


Topics and Information

The following topics are currently the subject of special attention or on the agenda in Goethe University's diversity policies: dealing with gender diversity, inclusion, first generation and racism. Here, we are pursuing a cross-cutting approach to anti-discrimination.

Gender diversity


Arbeiterkind.de (support for children from non-academic families (German))

Anti-Discrimination Office


Charta der Vielfalt

Arbeiterkind.de (German)



Saskia-Fee Bender
Diversity Policies Officer

Room 1220 (1st floor)
Fon.: +49 69 798-18130
E-Mail.: saskia.bender@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Dilara Kanbiçak
Diversity Policies Officer
Diversity in Teacher Training

Room 1200
Fon.: +49 69 798-18127
E-Mail: kanbicak@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Visitor's address

Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Equal Opportunities Office

Eschersheimer Landstr. 121-123
60322 Frankfurt am Main

Our office provides only limited barrier-free access. Contact us for questions and assistance.

Postal address
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Postbox 21
60629 Frankfurt am Main