Diversity Management & Equal Opportunities

The aim is to accept and respect the diversity of [...] people and to counteract discrimination. Diversity management promotes this productive diversity and sees it as a contribution to quality improvement, interdisciplinarity, integration, accessibility and educational equity.
Excerpt from the preamble of the LUH Diversity Principles

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES TOPICS AT THE LSE

Equal opportunities work is a cross-sectional task and thus part of different duties and thematic areas. The LSE advocates for equality and equal opportunities between the sexes, raises awareness and sensitivity for the consideration of diversity.

Decentralised Equal Opportunities Officer

According to the constitution of the LUH, the faculties elect part-time decentralised Equal Opportunities Officers. According to the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (Niedersächsiches Hochschulgesetz - NHG), these representatives contribute to ensuring that the universities enforce equal opportunities for women and men and eliminate any existing disadvantages (equal opportunities mandate). The decentralised Equal Opportunities Officers are elected every two years. The nominee for the Faculty Council is elected at a plenary meeting.

Decentralised Equal Opportunities Officer of the LSE

Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer of the LSE

We always welcome suggestions and ideas for our work!

What do we stand for?

We ...

... contribute to ensuring equal opportunities and equality between women and men. 

...  inform, participate, communicate, network and create awareness for equality-relevant and gender-specific topics (development, support and implementation of concepts for the advancement of women and gender equality).

... participate in personnel, social and organisational measures of the LSE, e.g. staffing and appointment procedures or measures for personnel development. 

... work to improve the compatibility of studies or work and family for women and men (promotion and implementation of suitable measures or working conditions).

... are contact persons for all LSE employees; we point out possibilities for individual support and assistance (career planning and promotion opportunities for women, offers of help in the event of discrimination and harassment).

... take part in the meetings of the Council of Equal Opportunities Officers at LUH.

What do we want to achieve?

  • Visibility of gender equality work in the LSE
  • Guarantee of gender-specific equal opportunities when filling positions
  • Further qualification of colleagues in the area of equality and diversity
  • Low-threshold communication and lively exchange with each other
  • Development of offers according to need (e.g. re-entry after parental leave)
  • Creation of a news page with information about equality work

The LSE has a wide range of offers for teacher education students, teachers and pupils that address and promote diversity, equality, and inclusion.


Offers for Students

The LSE offers various courses designed to promote the diversity competence of teacher education students. There are courses that are a compulsory part of the teacher education degree programme (e.g. the lecture "Digital Learning Landscape: Inclusive Education"), but also elective courses or offers that can be attended voluntarily.

  • Digital Learning Landscape: Inclusive Education (Lecture)

    The lecture "Digital Learning Landscape: Inclusive Education" is the first compulsory course in which all teacher education students in the Bachelor's programme participate together. In terms of content, the learning landscape encompasses learning packages from various subject teaching methodologies and revolves first and foremost around the content of special education. The students are thus sensitised towards current and future special education application areas and questions and are introduced to a fundamental understanding of profession-specific challenges.

  • Schulpraxis (Selected Course Offer)

    With the seminars of the Schulpraxis programme, which are organised jointly by the ZQS/Key Competencies  and the Leibniz School of Education, teacher education students can prepare themselves specifically for challenges in everyday school life. Courses are also offered in the topic area of Diversity & Inclusion.

  • Transformative Horizons

    The focus of the project "Transformative Horizons" is the promotion of stays abroad for teacher education students. This is achieved on the one hand by awarding scholarships. On the other hand, the project aims to reduce barriers to intercultural, multilingual and transformative experiences abroad.

  • Workshop GaFL/GaSL (previously Workshop Plus)

    Workshop GaSL/GaFL prepares students for language teaching by providing theoretical input on various aspects of German as a second or foreign language, but also by familiarising them with everyday school life and providing practical guidance and support in planning and implementing lessons.

    The cross-disciplinary and inter-faculty offer Workshop GaSL/GaFL is intended for all teacher education students, regardless of whether they are studying German or have already completed modules in German as a foreign language/German as a second language.


Offers for Teachers

Within the offers of Advanced Teacher Education uniplus, teachers can receive professional development trainings on the topics of diversity and inclusion to further develop their teaching practice.


Offers for Pupils

Within the range of offers by uniKIK school projects, there are often options that support the diversity of pupils and promote diversity in connection with research-based learning (e.g. the project "Einstein's Granddaughters", which aims to awaken and promote existing talents, potential and interests in scientific and technical courses of study among female pupils in the upper school/sixth form).


Publications

The anthologies emerged from the LeibnizWerkstatt project. The aim of this project was to sensitise as many students as possible to the difficult situation of refugees and to enable them to provide language learning support for refugees.