Total E-Quality Prize
Accolade for LMU’s equality policy
For the third time, LMU is among the 47 recipients of the Total E-Quality award, which has been formally presented earlier today. The award was conferred in recognition of the University’s exemplary commitment to gender equality.
According to the jury that selected the winners of the award, LMU has succeeded in increasing not only the proportion of female professors on its faculty, but also the fraction of women among its lecturers and on its academic staff as a whole. Since the last round of the nationwide competition, the jury members added, the University has consolidated its equality-promoting activities in the field of personnel recruitment. Moreover, it has significantly extended its programs in the areas of personal and professional development by providing further financial support for these programs and increasing their relevance to everyday practice. The positive effects of these initiatives “are clearly evident”, the citation states. The jury particularly emphasized LMU’s ongoing efforts to enable staff members with families to reconcile the often conflicting demands of professional and family life by offering a range of measures designed to “assist parents to return to work and to provide family-oriented advisory services and childcare facilities”, as well as the University’s “exemplary integration of gender-related issues in research, teaching and study programs.”
According to the terms of reference of the E-Quality initiative, equality of opportunity is attained when “the abilities, potential and skills of the sexes are equally acknowledged, integrated and encouraged” in the workplace and in society at large. The distinction is conferred biannually by the Total E-Quality-Verein Deutschland e. V., and was awarded to LMU for the first time in 2009. It consists of a certificate and the right to use the Total E-Quality logo. The nationwide E-Quality initiative is addressed to commercial organizations, academic and administrative institutions that have made a particular contribution to the practical achievement of equality of opportunity for women and men. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
For details of services, information centers, events and activities related to topics such as equality, family-oriented policies, accessibility for disabled persons etc., at LMU, see: Website Diversity