As most other universities of science and technology in Europe, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is faced with the special challenge of alluring and keeping more women. That is why the project Gender Equity 1 was initiated. Combining a top-down- and a bottom-up-approach, KIT aims to foster a process of cultural change towards more gender equity, trigger an intensive university-wide examination of and reflection about the topic of equal opportunities and, in the long run, raise the fraction of women at all career levels.
To attain these goals, KIT committed itself to a very ambitious course of action:
Now in the second year of the seven-year project, signs are already mounting that more people at KIT are interested in the topic of gender equity and willing to play an active part in improving the equal opportunity situation.
In summary, we are convinced that an extensive cultural change can only be reached by attracting the interest of and involving as many people as possible with equal opportunity issues. We believe that with Gender Equity 1, we are on a good path to put this plan into practice.
The project is part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative. Since the end of 2019, the KIT is funded as one of eleven German Universities of Excellence by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
For more information please contact Roxane Soergel (Consultant for Diversity at KIT).
Roxane will share more about the experiences and insights from KIT in relation to their efforts to boost equal opportunities at our next EDI.Lab and you are invited to join us:
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