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Diversity in academic teaching

Doing justice to all students with their different potentials and perspectives in academic teaching may sometimes present a challenge. Higher education requires teaching concepts and didactic tool that are sensitive to the diversity within students. This means, for example, integrating subject topics that represent marginalised perspectives into teaching as well as creating a good learning environment for students with challenges in accessing academic learning. 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin would like to support its faculty members in making their teaching more diverse and inclusive. Therefore, on this page we have compiled a resources that can be help diversify one's teaching.

Info sheet on non-discriminatory teaching

As initial food for thought, we would like to present to you the most important tips from our info sheet on non-discriminatory teaching:

  1. Catering to the different needs of students, especially those with more challenges when it comes to learning, for instance by creating barrier-free access to teaching and learning materials.
  2. Safeguarding that students with children can attend class.
  3. Avoiding comments and assumptions on the appearance, presumed background, gender and origin of students.
  4. Ensuring a respectful atmosphere and interaction between students.
  5. Respecting students' chosen denominations and identification such as names and pronouns.
  6. Creating diversity in the teaching content, such as by integrating varied authors, topics, examples and adopting non-discriminatory language.



Working Group on Non-discriminatory Teaching
Institute of Educational Sciences
Email: aylin.jordan@hu-berlin.de


Further HU resources

Info sheet on non-discriminatory teaching [German]

Brochure Non-discriminatory teaching. Impulses from gender studies [German]

Working group on non-discriminatory teaching [German]

Guideline on gender sensitive language [German]


External resources

Toolbox gender and diversity in academic teaching, Freie Universität Berlin [English]
Pool of methods including guidelines, didactic principles, planning aids and language recommendations

Gender Curricula [English]
Recommendations on integreating the gender studies into academic teaching

Online tool for self-evaluation and training as well as bibiliography on gender sensitive academic teaching [German // French]

Centre for competence development in diversity management in studies and teaching [German]

Workshops on diversity in academic teaching at the Berlin centre on academic teaching [German]

Thematic workshops on diversity at the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination [German]

Online self-learning tool on diversity competence in higher education institutions, University of Cologne and RWTH Aachen [German]

Toolbox diversity in academic teaching, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg [German]
Planning aids, guidelines, a glossary and literature recommendations