FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions​

Here we provide answers to frequently asked questions

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions​

What is diversity? Expand entry

Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique and respects the diversity of people and their lifestyles.

In the context of higher education, diversity means the equality of all people working at the university. This includes equal opportunities for work, education and participation for all students, doctoral candidates, applicants and employees of the university. However, equal participation and opportunities are hindered by various forms of discrimination. For example, educational success is still strongly dependent on the financial means of the parents, gender, sexual orientation or identity, origin, skin color, faith or ideology, physical or mental health, age, appearance and caring responsibilities in the family.

Why does Friedrich Schiller University Jena have a diversity office? Expand entry

To promote and implement the mandate to realize equal opportunities for all members of the university. 

Since the implementation of the Thuringian Higher Education Act 2018, the tasks of the Thuringian universities include the commissioning for diversity. The mandate provides that the participation of all members, affiliates, PhD students and applicants of the university in research, teaching, studies and further education is enabled without discrimination.

The needs of applicants, students and doctoral candidates with disabilities, mental or chronic illnesses, students with children and/or dependents in need of care, foreign students and professionally qualified students without a university entrance qualification are taken into account through the work of the Diversity Office in the organization of study programs, in examinations and in the area of sports and culture.

Can I find the right contact person for me in the Diversity Office? Expand entry

The Diversity Office is open to all members of the university for counselling. Together we will discuss your concerns and work out a solution. It is up to you who you would like to be advised by.

The Diversity Office of the University of Jena is a counselling center for all students, members, family members, doctoral candidates and applicants of the university who are affected by discrimination and multiple discrimination. You can consult us or complain if you feel discriminated against on racist grounds or because of ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity (§ 1 AGG). Furthermore, we have the duty to inform you about your rights and obligations (§ 12 AGG).

In coordination with the Equal Opportunity Officer, the Representative for Severely Disabled Persons and the Inclusion Officer, we are committed to eliminat existing disadvantages and barriers in the planning and organization of teaching, study and working conditions for the members and staff of the university.

What do the terms anti-discrimination and awareness-raising mean? Expand entry

The goal of anti-discrimination at universities is to contribute to a climate in which experiences of discrimination can be openly addressed and are taken seriously. We represent the interests of those affected by discrimination.

Awareness-raising is part of anti-discrimination and draws attention to different discrimination mechanisms and experiences.

Discrimination is not always overt and is therefore often not recognized. Furthermore, the topic of discrimination mechanisms is a taboo. For a professional approach to discrimination, it is important to look at the structural level as well as at multiple discrimination. Anti-discrimination means the dismantling of excluding or devaluing structures, mechanisms and procedures. Awareness-raising is necessary to uncover subtle and hidden discrimination mechanisms.