Goethe University strives to honor the diversity of its community and truly live the spirit of an open university culture. For purposes of strategic planning, awareness-raising and change management, the university has established the Diversity Policies Coordination Office. As part of the program »Start Your Studies Strong« (»Quality Pact for Teaching«, a joint program of the Federal Government and the Länder) the office aims to improve study conditions for students from all walks and in all stages of life, and promote equal opportunity. The characteristics of diversity are, for example, gender, social and cultural background, religion, age or sexual orientation. In a university setting, educational and academic backgrounds as well as the culture of differing academic fields also count as points of diversity.

The Diversity Policies Coordination Office has the following mandate:

  • To develop policies that aid the consideration of diversity
  • To consult with faculties and central facilities to implement diversity measures
  • To organize training programs that promote skills in and knowledge of gender and diversity within the context of university teaching
  • To provide networking opportunities and ensure information exchange both within Goethe University and with other universities on the national and international level.

Since January 2011, Goethe University has been a member of the Diversity Charter.