Structural integration of equal opportunities
At FAU, gender equality, diversity and family policy focuses on encouraging equal opportunities, with the different areas being established as cross-sectional topics and integrated into the structure at all levels of the University. FAU pursues its goal of encouraging a gender-sensitive university culture that meets the needs of families by consistently linking centralized and decentralized structurest.
Commission for Equal Opportunities
Women’s representatives at the University
Office of Equality and Diversity
The Office of Equality and Diversity supports the University and Faculty women’s representatives. It is also responsible for developing the content, design and strategy of FAU’s gender equality, diversity and family policy as well as FAU’s many and varied projects and services relating to gender mainstreaming, diversity management, and balancing studying, work and family commitments. A further key function of the Office is to work in close collaboration with the Executive Board and the faculties to incorporate the individual concepts and measures for promoting equal opportunities across the University under the umbrella of FAU’s general gender equality strategy. The Office advises on designing equal opportunity concepts, for example in collaborative projects, and is the point of contact for all members of the university who have any questions about equal opportunities. It also contributes to quality assurance by continually monitoring academic progression and evaluating gender equality measures. It provides a wealth of information and carries out work to raise the awareness of gender equality issues, it has close connections to internal university committees and services and it actively participates in local, regional and national networks.
After FAU expanded the thematic and structural scope of its gender equality policy to include diversity management, the former Women’s Representatives Office was re-named the Office of Equality and Diversity in 2012.