The Gender & Diversity Unit is the central coordination point for all issues relating to equality, tolerance, equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and diversity.
Main areas of responsibility:
- Design and implementation of university-specific gender & diversity measures
- Coordination of the Senate's Gender & Diversity Committee
- Co-design of personnel development
- Further development of the university's diversity concept
- Topic-related communication internally and externally
- Close collaboration with the contact persons for equality, equal opportunities and anti-discrimination
The goal of the University is to create work and study conditions for staff and students which enable a successful work-life balance. In doing so HFU uses an open definition of family of a cross-generational network in which people take responsibility for one another. This includes foster, adoptive and stepfamily, as well as same-sex relationships. The friendly atmosphere of our university is one of our strongpoints and families in particular should profit from this. With this in mind, we try to create and improve framework conditions and structures.
Furtwangen University has been certified as a family-friendly university since 2008 and was re-audited and awarded in 2011. In 2014, Furtwangen University signed the External link opens in a new window:"Family in the university" charter and is thus a member of the Best Practice Club of family-friendly universities in Germany. The charter is a programme set up by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Representatives of the Federal Government for the new States in collaboration with the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development.
The University became one of the founding members of the "Family in the University Association (Familie in der Hochschule e.V.) on 1 March 2018. This strengthened our goal to create family-friendly structures for students, teaching and other staff and to work within the association for family-friendly standards in the areas of academic and management style, working conditions, health promotion, and infrastructure.