At the University of Mannheim, many parties actively contribute to achieving the goals of gender equality, equal opportunity, and as a family-friendly university.
The Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity develops and coordinates the central measures promoting gender equality and equal opportunity at the university. Among other things, they raise external funding for career programs and determine funding opportunities for women researchers. As the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity belongs to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Teaching and Equal Opportunity the department can directly communicate with the President's Office in order to exchange ideas.
The central equal opportunity commissioner of the University of Mannheim is competent for all academic staff members and acts as the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity. In her activities, she is not bound by instructions. In the performance of her duties, she is supported by the respective equal opportunity commissioners of the schools. The equal opportunity commissioners of the schools are involved in planning and implementing equal opportunity strategies at their respective school. They also participate in the appointment procedures. Furthermore, they assume an advisory function in the Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity.
In her activities, the Equal Opportunity Commissioner for non-academic staff members is not bound by instructions either. She also assumes an advisory function in the Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity.
In addition, the university's female researchers have joined together to form the WUMAN network. One representative of the network also assumes an advisory function in the Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity.
The Graduate School for Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) and the collaborative research center 884 have separate equal opportunity commissioners.