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What is diversity?

Encompassing the notions of plurality and heterogeneity, the term 'diversity' describes the differences and commonalities which exist among people. At Charité, 'diversity' means recognizing the benefits of a diverse staff and student body, and learning to respect and value the diversity of others. The concept of diversity goes beyond the groups covered by anti-discrimination legislation. Diversity affects everyone and is all-inclusive.

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diversity - dimensions

The diversity network is based on the characteristics of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG), we expand the characteristics (dimensions) presented in the AGG to include the dimension of “social origin”. For us, this feature is decisive for the access conditions (training, further education, university, health and care, health services)

The diversity network takes a comprehensive look at the diversity characteristics:

We are referring to multiple discrimination (intersectional approach), which shows the entanglement of diversity characteristics. As an important part of our reflection and attitude, we refer to historically evolved social (power) relationships that determine and secure existing social dominance distributions and thus social inequalities. Our aim is not to corroborate identity attributions as much as possible, but on the contrary to recognize changing (context-dependent) assignments, affiliations and self-determined identities. All people have multiple affiliations and non-affiliations and different identifications, e.g. leader, single parent, transsexual, etc. We are well aware of the risks of unreflected assignments and external ascriptions that can distort people's perception. On the other hand, the diversity characteristics also offer orientation in order to make disadvantaged or underrepresented groups of people visible, to uncover barriers and to initiate inclusion and equal opportunities with appropriate concepts.