At the GESS we celebrate the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our doctoral students and believe these are key to making the most of human potential in all of its facets. In accordance with the 'Code of Conduct of the University of Mannheim', the GESS does not tolerate behavior that violates another person’s dignity and integrity. Moreover, compatibility of family life and professional life is a key topic. Doctoral students and staff are entitled to use parent-child-offices, and students with children benefit from discounts at the ‘Kinderhaus’ provided by the Studierendenwerk Mannheim.
Our Gender and Diversity Committee monitors and assesses the Graduate School's performance and efforts in this field to ensure that the GESS remains sensitive to matters relating to gender and diversity. The committee operates as a first point of contact for doctoral students seeking advice and support in issues related to their work and studies. Its members offer assistance and information on topics such as discrimination, parental leave, child care services and more.
In case of questions or problems, committee members can be contacted either directly through their personal email address or via the following email address: gess.gdc-office. mail.uni-mannheim.de
For any conflicts between students and supervisors the following ombudspersons are available for confidential discussions:
Prof. Dr. Astrid Lembke supports the university’s objective of achieving gender equality and equal opportunity at all career stages in academia.