We at TH Lübeck want to make our campus a welcoming place to everyone who is studying, visiting, researching, and working here and to all those who are interested in doing so. Our members come with a wide range of life stories, nationalities, physical and psychological conditions, family backgrounds, gender and sexual identities. Everyone has their own stories and experiences and must be able to participate in university life with equal opportunities and without discrimination. This vision requires attention and sensitivity to diversity as well as spaces, structures and strategies that enable inclusive cooperation. Diversity is a social reality and inclusion is our path to address it.
At Technische Hochschule Lübeck there must be no room for racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia, ableism and classism. Any form of discrimination, harassment, violence, bullying and stalking is forbidden and not tolerated.
- What is diversity?
Personalities are shaped by various dimensions of diversity:
- (Dis)abilities and chronic illnesses
- Ethnic background and nationality
- Family background and obligations
- Gender and gender identity
- Psychological condition
- Religion and values
- Sexual identity
- Social background and class
These dimensions shape the personalities of all people; they make us the individuals that we are and being conscious of this diversity means understanding that being normal is a social construct. Social structures discriminate against some while others are privileged. Diversity therefore means a challenge to established structures and institutions. They have to change to accommodate social diversity – as required by law
Diverse personalities also mean a wealth of experience and perspectives. Diversity makes life and work on campus more insightful and inspiring. Studies have proven that diverse teams are more creative and research projects are more realistic and impactful if they take the diversity of the society that is to profit from the research into account.
An inclusive approach towards diversity means doing justice to the demands of a diverse society, excluding nobody, and valuing the participation of underrepresented groups.
- What is inclusion?
Inclusion means shaping society in a way so that everyone can participate. Inclusion means to stop thinking in terms of special groups and extra effort and create conditions instead that enable self-determined participation. This is just as much about accessibility of buildings as it is about treating cultural diversity with respect. It is about recognizing gender diversity as well as about consideration and respect for people with mental health issues. It is about counteracting racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, and ableism in society and everyday interaction.
Inclusion is therefore not just a matter for a specific group, but how we think about social diversity and social justice.
If you encounter barriers in everyday university life, experience discrimination or come up with good ideas on what we as a university can do to become more equal and inclusive, please contact the diversity officer!
- Guidance Counseling
Guidance counseling offered by the diversity officer is open to all students, doctoral candidates, professors, employees, prospective students and applicants. You are welcome to discuss challenges and problems you encounter in everyday university life and ask questions about diversity, inclusion, and discrimination. For example:
- What rights do I have?
- Whom can I contact?
- How do I deal with a situation?
- How can I be more inclusive in my work?
Consultations with the diversity officer are confidential, independent, and, if desired, anonymous. The counseling situation is a „faux-pas-free“ zone where there are no „stupid questions“
You are welcome to make an appointment for a telephone consultation, a meeting in the Big Blue Button video conference room or a personal meeting on campus. In the moodle Lernraum Gender & Diversität you can find a link with which you can send an anonymous message to the diversity officer.
Carsten Mildner MSc
Phone: +49 451 300-5288
E-Mail: Office: 36-K.08 (not accessible)
My pronouns are he/him/his. Feel free to let me know how you would like to be addressed.
Please let me know in advance if you would like to meet in an accessible space.
- Duties and Responsibilities
The Diversity Officer acts in the interests of all university members with regard to diversity and inclusion, in particular students and doctoral candidates (see Hochschulgesetz SH §3 Abs. 5). Guests, prospective students and applicants should always feel welcome at TH Lübeck and not encounter discrimination or barriers. According to the Hochschulgesetz §27a, the diversity officer "is involved in the planning and organization of the teaching, studying and working conditions for the members and associates of the university, advises them and works to eliminate existing disadvantages. [...] He or she is entitled, within the scope of his or her responsibilities, to participate in the meetings of all organs and committees with the right to submit motions and an advisory vote, unless other responsibilities are regulated”.
The diversity officer works to ensure an inclusive university and opposes discrimination. This includes information and mediation, diversity mainstreaming, raising awareness and building skills, as well as direct support through individual guidance counseling.
The diversity officers is responsible for a variety of topics, including:
- Promotion of inclusive structures in campus life, in HR and appointments, in student admissions and teaching.
- Accessibility and self-determined participation.
- Promoting visibility and understanding of diversity issues.
- Raising awareness and providing information on racism, sexism, trans- and homophobia, classism, and ableism.