Equal Opportunities Office

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Goethe University's goal is to establish equal opportunities throughout all areas of the university and to change university structures to align with the concept of a gender- and diversity-sensitive organizational culture. Responsible for the implementation of equal opportunities at the central level is the Equal Opportunities Office, with its Equal Opportunities, Family & Dual Career, and Diversity & Anti-Discrimination Center. Aimed at raising awarness, the Central Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plan 2019-2024 (German) and the Offensive "Goethe University = Opportunities" call upon all organizational units to create gender-, family- and diversity-sensitive structures and processes in their work areas.




FlexiKids Fund (German)
With the newly launched FlexiKids fund, the Family Service of the Equal Opportunities Office would like to support all employees and doctoral students of Goethe University and cover the costs of their childcare during off-peak hours. More information about the fund can be found in German here.

The Equal Opportunity Office of Goethe University publishes a short and compact guide to complement the German brochure "Gender and Diversity Sensitive Leadership Culture - A Handbook for Managers and University Leadership" (German). The guide uses eight typical, recurring leadership situations to show how gender-inclusive and diversity-sensitive leadership can look in concrete terms. Managers in teaching, research and administration can use it to reflect on their attitude toward leading employees and at the same time professionalize their gender and diversity competence. The Quick Guide Recommendations for  gender-responsive and diversity-conscious leadership is available here.This is an accessible digital document.

Gender-inclusive language guidelines - quick guide
The Equal Opportunities Office of Goethe University publishes a guideline for gender-inclusive and diversity-sensitive language. It contains basic information and examples of application within the university context. The short version in English, "Gender-inclusive language guidelines - quick guide" is available here. A long version of the Gender-inclusive language guidelines can be found in German here.

Recommendation for gender-inclusive and diversity-sensitive language (German).
The Equal Opportunities Office of Goethe University publishes a recommendation for gender-inclusive and diversity-sensitive language. It contains basic information and examples of application for the university context.You can access the language recommendation in German here



Book Presentation: Disputing Discipline: Child Protection, Punishment, and Piety in Zanzibar Schools
25. January 2022, 6 pm - Organized by the colloquium of Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Sutterlüty (English)

For more information on German events offered by the Equal Opportunities Office, click here.

Events offered by the Cornelia Goethe Centrum in both German and English can be found here.

The detailed program of the Queer Lecture Series by Queergehört (German and English) can be found here.


Central Players

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Equal Opportunities Office

The Equal Opportunities Office at Goethe University offers advice and services in the areas of Equality, Family & Dual Career, and Diversity & Anti-Discrimination. It supports the university's facultiets and institutions in the development of measures and initiatives to implement equal opportunities. The Equal Opportunities Office is located at the Executive Board and assigned to President Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff.

Organizational chart on the structure of Gender Equality work at Goethe University

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Equal Opportunities Officer

The Equal Opportunities Officer acts in an advisory capacity in equal opportunities-oriented structural and development planning and in all personnel decisions. She supports management, faculties and institutions in updating and implementing the Equal Opportunities Action Plan and the Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plans (GEDAP) of the faculties. The university's equal opportunity officer is Dr. Anja Wolde. She is supported in her function by two deputy equal opportunity officers, Annemarie Eifler and Ulrike Schneider-Gladbach.

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Senate Commission

The Senate Commission, "Advancement of women, equal treatment and diversity" works under the leadership of the current vice president on the creation of central concepts and measures for various focal points of work. These include the Equal Opportunities Action Plan and the Gender Equality & Diversity Action Plans (GEDAP) of the departments, but also concepts within the framework of the Female Professors Program I-III or the Inclusion Action Plan.

Members of the Senate Commission 2018-2020 (German)

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Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers

In coordination with the Equal Opportunities Officer, the Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers work towards the implementation of equality in their respective areas. They are elected by the women of the respective faculty or central unit for a term of office of two years each and perform tasks and exercise participation rights, for example in committee work, appointment and recruitment procedures.

Work of the Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers
List of the Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers (German)