Certificate: Gender and Diversity

Diversity in language, society, research and practice

The certificate gives students and doctoral researchers the opportunity to deal with questions of gender and diversity discursively in theory and practice, and to obtain an additional qualification.

Certification is not possible at the moment. You are still welcome to join the certified ILIAS course to find out more about this certificate. We will inform you via the ILIAS course as soon as certification is possible.

You are a student or a doctoral researcher at the University of Stuttgart and are interested in the perspectives of other people? You would like to look more deeply into the topic of gender and diversity, enhance your profile, and obtain an additional qualification in this field?

Then you are very welcome to complete the certificate „Gender and Diversity: Diversity in language, Society, Research and Practice”. The certificate is offered by the Language Center, the Gender Consulting Service, and the Vice Rectorate for Diversity and Internationalization and can be obtained as of the summer semester 2021.

The skills gained are key qualifications in demand at universities, in science, research, business and non-profit organizations. 

The certificate is intended to provide orientation and food for thought in various areas of gender and diversity issues, as well as the opportunity to learn about other people's perspectives. 

We discuss how we can live, talk and research with each other in a diverse society, how we can avoid false conclusions and stay in conversation with each other. We think about values and norms, about experiences, power, justice and participation, about individuality, about different scientific, political, economic and social approaches, about images of the future, about different interests and actors, but also about the discussion itself: How can negotiation processes be shaped? In which "bubble" are we moving? Which "thinking traps" and self-affirmations do we fall into? What is important to us? How can we form a well-founded, reasoned and independent judgment? 

The fact that diverse teams achieve better work results is now taken for granted. The realization of a good team and work culture goes hand in hand with the development of gender and diversity competence. The certificate offers students and doctoral candidates an interdisciplinary platform to develop this competence.

Dr. Grazia Lamanna, Gender Equality Officer


The certificate is interdisciplinary and comprises the three module areas "Language", "Research and Society" and "Practice". These modules may be taken in any order. Candidates may self-schedule over how many semesters they wish to spread their studies for the certificate.

Our language is an important means of representing the thoughts and attitudes of our society. Gender- and diversity-sensitive language helps to communicate in an inclusive and appreciative way and to recognize all people in their individuality as an enrichment for our society.

The two self-study online courses (Ilias) Power Workout in Gender-Sensitive Language and Power-Workout: Diversity-Sensitive Language offer you food for thought, material, and exercises. You can start the course at any time and manage your own time. You can also attend these courses independently of the certificate.

In order to provide you with the broadest possible insight into gender and diversity issues, we will bring you together with experts, diversity actors and guest speakers on the topics of gender and diversity in an interdisciplinary lecture series.

Attend the lecture series Gender and Diversity in Language, Society and Practice (2 SCH). The lecture series is offered every semester, with a changing program. You can also take it as a key-competencies course. Participate in the Gender and Diversity in Language, Society and Practice (2 SWS) and reflect and discuss together with our guests and your fellow students about different questions, theories, discourses and aspects related to a diverse society. We offer the roundtable event every semester, with a changing program. You can also have this event credited independently of the certificate or additionally as an interdisciplinary SQ (3 ECTS).

If you wish to acquire more knowledge beyond the basic certificate and enhance your profile, you can voluntarily attend any number of additional topic-specific, proposed courses.

If you wish to attend a course that is not on the list of proposed courses, but that you think might be suitable, you can also get credit for it in consultation with the certification team and the lecturer of the course. It does not matter which department offers this course. The lecturer of the course decides on the proof of achievement (passed / failed).

The aim of this module is a short independent and practice-oriented consolidation. This allows you to set thematic priorities, but also to develop skills in areas such as academic work and project management as well as explore possible areas of work for compatible further qualifications or for professional goals.

You can do an internship or job shadowing in a thematically relevant institution (also outside the university).  Proof of a commitment (e.g. part-time job, voluntary work in appropriate institutions) or the implementation of independent projects (e.g. event (co-)organization, theses, etc.) can also be credited. The module comprises 90 working hours.

Module C must be discussed and approved with us prior to commencement. We will also give advice and support as supervisors and will be happy to answer your questions at any time.

For me, the certificate is a first and important step towards a more diverse future. Broadening personal horizons and being critical of myself is what I will take away for myself personally.

Ioanna – Absolventin des Zertifikats

Contact for questions and comments:

This image shows Anna-Maria Wenzel-Elben, M.A.

Anna-Maria Wenzel-Elben, M.A.


Academic employee

Manuela Schlummer-Held


Gender & Diversity Consulting

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