Initiative "Respekt! Time for Diversity, Time for Sustainability"

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) values diversity as the foundation on which our society is built. By promoting multiculturalism, we aim to provide a safe atmosphere and encourage social activism while providing the tools necessary to mould culturally competent leaders for our global society.

The discussion"Every Breath You Take - Data Tracks on the Internet" on Friday, 14 June 2019 will be held from 17:00 to 20:00! It will still take place in the library on Rheinbach Campus.

For the first time this year we are organizing the Respekt!-Rally to accompany the Respekt! action period. With the slogan "Respekt! makes you a winner" you are cordially invited to take part in the Respekt!-Rally and win great prizes!

„Respekt! Time for Diversity, Time for Sustainability“ is an initiative on diversity and sustainability which seeks to build and strengthen friendship among students, faculties and staff, regardless of gender, race, religion and nationality.

In 2016 the initiative was launched by the Vice President for Internationalisation and Diversity, the Presidential Advisory for Diversity and H-BRS’ International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE).

glückliche Studentinnen und Studenten

The diversity of modern society, influenced by globalisation and demographic change, also characterises H-BRS. The most diverse personalities study, live and work with us. This diversity is a treasure that we welcome and value. Diversity leads to ideas, innovations and new perspectives, broadens horizons. The appreciation of the other and of being different is a central value of our democratic society and our university.

“Respekt! Time for Diversity, Time for Sustainability" is a platform that presents various aspects of diversity and sustainability to all stakeholders of our university.

By signing the “Charter der Vielfalt” (German Diversity Charta), our university has taken stand to promote diversity and equal opportunities among staff and students. The German Diversity Charter is endorsed and supported by more than 2000 organisations including 70 universities.


Programme 2019

Programme 2018

Programme 2017

Programme 2016

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University-wide activities:

As part of the "Respekt!" initiative, the equality body supported the campaign "Pencils make girls strong". By recycling pencils, the grassroots movement Women’s World Day of Prayer Germany provided resources for a team of teachers and psychologists who enabled 200 Syrian girls (and also some boys) to attend school in a refugee camp in Lebanon. At H-BRS about 38 kg of material was collected! The campaign was successfully completed in January 2019 with the total collection of 23 tonnes empty pencils and a fundraising sum of 33,000 Euros.