UZH Diversity Policy

The new UZH „Diversity Policy – Promoting, Practicing and Benefiting from Diversity“ was enacted by the Executive Board of the University on 13 March 2018 and officially came into effect on 1 September 2018.

On this webpage, we provide regular updates on the steps to implement the Diversity Policy and on related events and courses.

Why Diversity Is Key at UZH

The University of Zurich is committed to maintaining its position among the best research and educational institutions worldwide. UZH believes that this can only be achieved by fostering an environment in which students and employees can continually develop both professionally and personally.

Members of the UZH community bring a diverse range of specialist and personal skills and experiences to their working and study environment. As an educational institution and modern employer, UZH wishes to benefit from this potential in order to provide highly attractive study and working conditions and to better meet the needs of its community.

Strengthening UZH’s position as a leading university worldwide requires outstanding learning, research and working outcomes. These results can only be achieved in an environment in which the value of each person is recognized and respected.

Promoting Diversity and Preventing Discrimination

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The University of Zurich is actively committed to promoting diversity and preventing discrimination. As a public institution with a social responsibility, the University of Zurich does not tolerate discrimination or exclusion of individual persons or groups based on prejudiced stereotypes.

In recent years, numerous measures have been developed and implemented at UZH that address various aspects of diversity. These aim to raise awareness of the legal provisions on anti-discrimination and inclusion and to further improve the implementation of such provisions.

With its new Diversity Policy: Promoting, Practicing and Benefiting from Diversity (PDF, 442 KB), UZH has implemented a new management tool that signals its commitment to diversity as a core value. In so doing, the University of Zurich aims to foster a diversity-friendly and inclusive environment in research, teaching and studies as well as in the organization of its academic units and administrative bodies.

Resolution of the Executive Board of the University on the Development of a Diversity Policy

On 24 November 2016, the Executive Board of the University mandated the development of a UZH Diversity Policy as follows: “The Executive Board of the University charges the Office for Gender Equality with the development of a Diversity Policy for UZH. The Office for Gender Equality will lead the project and collaborate with all units relevant to this work.”

Resolution of the Executive Board of the University on the Development of an Implementation Plan for the Diversity Policy

On 13 March 2018, the Executive Board of the University issued the following resolution on the development of an implemention plan for the Diversity Policy: “After the Diversity Policy enters into force, the Office for Gender Equality will develop an implementation plan in consultation with the relevant offices and experts and submit the plan to the Executive Board of the University for approval.”

Diversity Policy Steering Group

In January 2017, a steering group coordinated by the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity commenced its work on the development and implementation of the Diversity Policy.

The Diversity Policy Steering Group comprises the following persons and units (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Karin Bertschinger (Head of Human Resources)
  • Benjamin Börner (Head of the Disability Office)
  • Katja Durkin (Senior Manager Strategic Projects, International Relations)
  • Annette Hofmann (Head of Safety, Security and Environment)
  • Dr. Yasmine Inauen (Head of International Relations)
  • Dr. Christiane Löwe (Head of the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity)
  • Jennifer J* Moos (Project Manager, Office for Gender Equality and Diversity)
  • Dr. Christoph Weber (Head of the Office for Occupational Safety and Health Protection)

Ulrich Frischknecht (Head of Student Affairs and Advisory Services) was an active member of the Diversity Policy steering group from January 2017 to October 2018.