Central Office for Gender Equality & Diversity
Welcome to the Central Office for Gender Equality & Diversity!
Fulda University of Applied Sciences is committed to their work towards gender equality and equal opportunities in all its departments as well as in its administrative services. We are constantly working on supporting our students in their personal and professional development and growth, on providing an enjoyable environment for each individual student as well as employee, and improving our university where necessary and possible.
On this page you will find an overview of our general work, our recent projects, helpful links as well as contact information in case you have further questions.
frauen@hs-fulda - Series
frauen@hs-fulda is an ongoing workshop series designed to support female students in their personal development, and to help them shape their professional profiles. The series provides valuable information on topics such as career start and job applications, finances, self-confidence or life-work-balance.
This semster it's all about communication. The schedule includes workshops on:
- happiness and success through positive communication
- successful job interviews
- professional communication via phone and email
- how to communicate constructively with confidence and clarity
- small talk
Find out more about each event and register here!
Please note that all talks, workshops and classes of the frauen@-series are held in German.
Total E-Quality Certificate
For the fourth time, Fulda University of Applied Sciences is going to apply for the Total E-Quality award in 2018 to certify its ongoing commitment towards gender equality and equal opportunities.
Fulda University of Applied Sciences has already been awarded with the Total E-Quality-certificate three times, in 2009, 2012 and 2015.
We are pleased to publically support, promote and commit to gender equality via the Total E-Quality-Prädikat.
Students at our university are very divers. They differ in age, ethnicity, their social backgrounds, abilities, family statuses, etc.
Our main goal is to institutionlize diversity and anti-discrimination within our organization and to continuously built upon the work that had been initialized throughout the auditing process.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has funded the auditing process with 15,000 Euro. Dr. Daniela De Ridder, member of the German Parliament and founder of CEDIN Consulting, supervized the progress and assisted our work as the official auditor until the process was completed in February 2017 when Fulda University of Applied Sciences proudly received the certificate.
The Auditing Process
At the certification ceremony
Women in Science
Fulda University of Applied Sciences aims to support aspiring female scientists in all our departments. Increasing the number of female professors in general and the number of students in our STEM-programs, as well as securing and creating career opportunities for post-grad students seeking a career in science are our main priorities.
Quality standards as well as transparency and the involvement of our women's representatives in all our appointment procedures ensure that women who apply for a teaching position at our university will not be discriminated against.
Today, the percentage of female professors at our university is at 44 percent.
In order to provide more opportunities for women working towards a doctorate degree, scholarships are partly funded by the department for gender quality. Additionally, Fulda University of Applied Sciences offers different networking and mentoring platforms for students and doctoral candidates, especially those working in the STEM field. The MentoringHessen programme is one popular example.
Our scientific departments continuously aim to recruit outstanding graduates for research and assistant positions at our university to keep promising scientists and researchers here in Fulda.
Language and Communication Guidelines
Language and communication influence our perception of reality. According to the prinicples of our university and campus culture we aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In order to raise awareness for discrimination in language, we have compiled a number of guidelines focused on gender and diversity in the German language.
While a neutral and appropriate language is fitting for most contexts, the guidelines also provide instruments to increase visibility of marginalized groups in order to prevent a normality bias and a harmful belief in default rules.
We urge all memebers of our university to refrain from using phrases and images that reproduce biases and stereotypes and instead normalize an inclusive language that makes every person feel welcomed and valued.