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Diversity at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

In view of recent events in the USA, the protests against violence against black people and police brutality, Humboldt-Universität is once again addressing the issues of Black Lives Matter, discrimination and racism.



Photo: Matthias Heyde, Artwork: “Vielfalt ist unser Reichtum” by Colectivo Licuado (Camilo Nunez and Florencia Durán Itzaina) in Schöneberg, Berlin


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin sees itself as a place of plurality of opinion, mutual appreciation and respect. But the Humboldt-Universität is not free of discrimination and racism either. Every university is a nucleus of society, even in a city as diverse and colourful as Berlin. Structural discrimination and structural racism are unfortunately still far too much a reality in Berlin and Germany. It also does not stop at the academic community.

We would like to create space for discussion, deal with discrimination and racism and offer information about Black Lives Matter, diversity and anti-racism. Comments and recommendations can be sent to


Articles and interviews

"No Room for Discrimination and Racism" - Statement of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on Black Lives Matter and diversity

"Diversity and anti-discrimination as a matter of course in university life." Interview with Ursula Fuhrich-Grubert (Central Women's Representative of the HU Berlin)

"Research on racism should be a cross-cutting issue like gender equality." Interview with Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan (BIM)


Humboldtianer*innen about Black Lives Matter, diversity and racism

Archiv: W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor „From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation“ in conversation with Loren Balhorn and Katharina Pühl vom 5. Juni 2019 (Englisch)

„Racism: What did we do in the university?“ by Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul, Department of Diversity and Social Conflict

"Racism is two faced." Interview with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba, Institute for European Ethnology (in German)



Research and teaching about  diversity, colonialism and racism

Cooperation project: "Social cohesion in times of crisis. The Corona Pandemic and Anti-Asian Racism in Germany" (Lead researcher: Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan | BIM)

Research project: "Inclusive transformation processes: Prejudiced education and education from theory to practice" by Seyran Bostancı

Research about colonialism (in German)

Teaching about colonialism (in German)

Reading and listening recommendations

"Multiculturalism is deeply rooted in the German national identity." Migration researcher Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan in episode 3 of the HU science podcast (in German)