Since December 2021, the University of Mannheim has been taking part in the diversity audit process offered by the Stifterverband, the German business community's innovation agency for the country’s research system. In the context of the “Vielfalt gestalten” (shaping diversity) audit, the university and its members are seeking approaches to (further) develop and implement the diversity strategy.
On 23 June 2022, two weeks after the audit’s kickoff, a one-day workshop was held to shed light on the university’s blind spots. Students, staff members, and representatives of the President's Office participated in the workshop and formulated strategies and measures in a bottom-up approach. The measures are aimed at topics such as structure and strategy, staff development, communication, and studies and teaching. The objective of the two-year audit is to develop a sustainable diversity strategy with practical measures for the University of Mannheim. Guidelines for gender-sensitive language would be a conceivable outcome.
All university members are always welcome to participate in the two-year process and help promote diversity at the university. The contact person for matters related to the audit is Alexandra Raquet, Head of the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity: alexandra.raquet. uni-mannheim.de