Cultural change through diversity
Diversity in the sense of diverse, interdisciplinary research questions and approaches is a central and particular characteristic of the Leibniz Association. In order to maintain and intensify this disciplinary breadth, the association needs to value and encourage the active involvement of researchers with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity has therefore been enshrined in the Leibniz Association statutes as an overarching aim since 2015.
The Leibniz-wide Diversity Network, which was initiated in 2018, raises awareness about the issue in the Leibniz Institutes and shares ideas at regular network meetings. The network collaborates closely with the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Working Group. It consists of diversity and equality officers, HR officers and representatives of various interest groups. It is concerned with breaking down structural and cultural barriers (unconscious bias) and develops possible ideas for bringing about a cultural change so that diverse ways of life and backgrounds are valued as a matter of course.
The representative bodies for disabled employees at Leibniz institutions have their own network, which also meets once a year. The network campaigns actively for greater transparency regarding the situation of severely disabled employees in the Leibniz Association, it advises on compliance with legal requirements (the Federal Participation Act and the General Act on Equal Treatment) and regularly shares ideas on measures to ensure the successful professional inclusion of people with severe disabilities.