Who we are

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity is a source of enrichment, innovation and creativity for the school. It is a critical factor for achieving and sustaining excellence and for educating our students on how to understand today and shape tomorrow.

We believe we can attain the best results in research and teaching in a community that promotes different perspectives, new ideas and celebrates the full spectrum of human diversity across all dimensions including gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion or belief/world view. The Hertie School is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of outstanding students, faculty and staff and creating an inclusive learning and working environment marked by mutual support and respect.

The responsibility for excellence, diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at the school: Leadership, faculty, staff, students and alumni. It is incumbent upon each member of the Hertie School community to create and maintain an environment of mutual support, respect, understanding, fairness, and equal treatment.

Our committment

The Hertie School strongly condemns all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying and violence (on the basis of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and religion or belief/world view) and applies a zero tolerance approach in cases of violation. Members of the community are encouraged to consult the school's Code of Conduct on Moodle.  

The Hertie School has a zero tolerance approach regarding sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexually-motivated verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of its recipient. We are strongly committed to creating a sexual harassment free environment in which allegations of sexual harassment are brought forward without any fear of intimidation and are investigated promptly and confidentially.

If you have any concerns regarding diversity, inclusion, discrimination and sexual harassment  at the Hertie School, please contact the school’s Diversity Ombudsperson Prof. Başak Çalı (cali[at]hertie-school[dot]org). Students are also encouraged to bring any concerns regarding these issues to the Student Affairs Office (studentaffairs[at]hertie-school[dot]org).


The Hertie School strives for diversity. At our events, we are committed to hosting lively, yet respectful, discussions among the audience and panellists. We aim for a diverse selection of participants and to reflect a broad variety of viewpoints in our public discourse. As a rule, we do not host all-male panels. In addition, our faculty members pledge not to participate in all-male panels in their public appearances outside the Hertie School.

Ombudsperson for Diversity