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Diversity Management as a Prerequesite for a modern Private University 

 

Karl Landsteiner University (KL) is committed to working on increasing awareness of gender and diversity issues among students, faculty, researchers, and in the organization and administration. It is also committed to developing a leading voice as an advocate for gender and diversity issues in the public. KL understands "gender and diversity" as an opportunity for new standards in collaboration, new approaches to teaching, and fruitful research collaborations.

Definitions of terms

Diversity

Diversity refers to social and cultural diversity that has historically evolved and includes internal (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion) and external (e.g., education, marital status, income) dimensions. Human traits and, above all, differences can pose challenging aspects, thus specifically aimed offers and measures should enable and promote non-discriminatory and beneficial interaction.

Diversity management

Appreciating the diversity of employees not only serves the individual personally, but also the economic success of the company or institution. The aim is to align the personnel processes and policies of organizations so on the one hand, the workforce reflects the demographic diversity of the business environment and, on the other hand, all employees experience appreciation and are motivated to contribute their potential for the benefit of the organization.

Source: charta-of-diversity

Diversity management at KL

At KL, diversity management is  grounded in management and fully embedded in the management system. The principles are set out in the charter, and objectives and actions are set out in a diversity management framework. Diversity management is a way of perceiving, valuing and promoting diversity in order to achieve the goals of the organization and to provide a good working environment for staff, faculty and students.

Diversity Dimensions

When organizations decide to strengthen and nurture diversity comprehensively, they need a foundation on which to build their diversity management. A four-level model helps us capture the differences and similarities among people in an organization. It can be used to make different factors - read: dimensions - tangible.

More details and information: HERE

Diversity at a glance

Projects and initiatives at KL dedicated to dealing with diversity

 

According to its statutes, KL has a Commission for Equality and the Advancement of Women. Its task is to counteract discrimination by university bodies on the basis of gender, as well as on the basis of ethnicity, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation, and to advise and support members and bodies of the university in these matters.

On the initiative of the Committee for Equal Opportunities Advancement of Women, a Liaison Office for Equal Treatment Issues has been established. The Liaison Office is a counseling facility for all employees and students of the KL who have experienced discrimination. The members of the Liaison Office provide advice and support in difficult situations with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.

A cooperation with the “Hilfswerk” offers free psychological counseling for KL students. This service is strictly anonymous and confidential. The experienced “Hilfswerk” team provides counseling for all stressful life situations - from anxiety, homesickness, depression, test anxiety, eating disorders, violence to problems with the housing situation, etc.

The student initiative SAFESPACE is an LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersexual, queer) networking group. SAFESPACE creates a supportive and appreciative atmosphere for the students of the university. In an environment of acceptancestudents are thus able to develop their individual capabilites and potentials on a personal level.

Events

  1. 15 Dec

    KL Lunchtime Seminar: Towards Natural Killer Cell-Based Immune Therapy in Leukemia

    15. December 2021, 12:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner University, 3500 Krems/Donau, Wing Y, KL Auditorium
  2. 19 Jan

    KL Lunchtime Seminar: Extramedullary hematopoiesis as part of the innate immune defence against infections

    19. January 2022, 12:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner University, 3500 Krems/Donau, Wing Y, KL Auditorium
  3. 26 Jan

    KL Lunchtime Seminar: Mechanisms of solute transport through cellular membranes

    26. January 2022, 12:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner University, 3500 Krems/Donau, Wing Y, KL Auditorium