Framework conditions for diversity management

A number of laws can be counted among the framework conditions for diversity management (DiM) in the higher education landscape, which influence developments and the handling of diversity and minorities in particular.

EU level

These include guidelines, EU legislation, EU fundamental freedoms and all rights and principles of equal treatment, especially anti-discrimination law.

In the context of diversity, there are four central EU equal treatment directives that have already been transposed into German law (AGG):

Federal level

The aim of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) is, according to § 1 AGG,

"to prevent or eliminate discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity".

Note: State institutions are expected to play a model role & function in the implementation of the AGG in the context of discrimination protection.

Other laws at the federal level:

State level

Higher education institutions fall under the jurisdiction of the Länder. The laws in question are as follows: