Diversity, equality and inclusion
At ForWind, the working language is English. Our students, doctoral candidates and researchers come from a wide range of nations and cultures. We are proud of our open and inclusive research culture. Does this mean we are perfect yet on diversity, equality and inclusion (DIE)? Not for a long time yet. We know that we still have a long way to go. And we work together every day to make us and our culture even more open, inclusive and diverse.
We are committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in wind energy science by providing tools to improve DEI aspects at ForWind, increasing the visibility of underrepresented groups, and acting as positive role models by communicating DEI within ForWind and our affiliated organizations.
Our definition of DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion).
All three aspects are necessary for a well-functioning and healthy workplace. A work environment that is diverse but not inclusive may have a high turnover rate among minorities because they feel that their contributions are not important or valued in the workplace. A non-equal opportunity environment is likely to struggle with diversity, especially in higher positions, as existing barriers to certain groups hinder their professional development.
Why we need DEI initiatives
DEI at the ForWind Universities
We also have team leaders who want to do more in their work groups. Or graduate students who don’t know how to start the discussion about diversity and bias in their department. And there are also people who need help and support in certain situations because they have experienced discrimination, exclusion or sexualized violence. At the universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen, there are long-established concepts and contact persons who can provide competent support in any situation and prepare a range of information and seminar offers.
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg understands equality, family friendliness and the appreciation of diversity as an indispensable basis for the creation of equal opportunities as well as the development of talents and potentials in studies, teaching and research. Various counseling and support services are available for students and employees.
The University Office for Diversity is the central institution at Leibniz Universität Hannover for shaping equal opportunities, supporting the compatibility of studies, career and family, and implementing diversity management. We offer counseling, childcare, junior programs, and information for employees, students, and university facilities.
Gender equality and the promotion of diversity are among the guiding goals of the University of Bremen. In our Equal Opportunity/Anti-discrimination Unit, three offices work together to advise the university management on implementation: The Office Against Discrimination and Violence, the Diversity Office, and the Equal Opportunity Office.