Diversity Management (DiM) is the strategic approach to fostering diversity and the practical implementation of equal opportunity. Diversity Management stands for valuing and integrating the diversity and the differences of all people and for further developing the various abilities and potentials arising thereby.
Diversity is often also referred to as variety and heterogeneity.
Diversity Management originated in the economy with the aim to develop tools that enable the integration of different target groups. Thereby, the main focus was placed on market orientation and innovative ability which were to be achieved by considering heterogenous teams in corporate decision and management processes.
Thus, at a university Diversity Management is a strategic approach leading to change in university culture by combining sociopolitical and university political decisions with strategic planning and sustainable implementation. Innovation and excellence can only be achieved if heterogeneity is accepted and valued. Different offers for teaching, studies, research and personnel development are therefore conceptualized.
The heterogeneity of the student body poses a particular challenge to a university. Hence, creating and fostering the diversity while providing equal opportunity has been one of the main tasks of university development.
The core areas of Diversity Management at a university are:
- Studies and Teaching
- Personnel Development
- Accessibility (of Buildings and the Web Presence)
Diversity is multifaceted. The German General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG) extends the ban of discrimination on gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and world views. The following diversity dimensions are predominant at universities: gender (or gender identity), ethnic background (migratory background), social background, disability and age.
TU Clausthal considers the diversity and heterogeneity of its students and employees an asset to the university, bearing great innovative potential. TU Clausthal promotes this diversity while at the same time increasing equal opportunity of all members. All strategic decisions are made under due consideration of diversity.
Diversity is the future!