Diversity dimensions describe physical, mental and sociocultural characteristics that are (or can be) attributed to each person at birth. They accompany their entire lifespan and help people to identify with themselves. Generally, each person as a rule has a specific nationality and a biological gender from birth onwards that might, however, change either at their own wish or due to certain circumstances. Dimensions such as “Family Circumstance and Life Concept” as well as “Age and Generation” alter over a lifetime and are accompanied by changing needs and abilities.
In line with Loden & Rosener (1991) and under consideration of HHU’s special context as a university, a proactive discourse on the topic of diversity led to the recognition of the following eight dimensions relevant to HHU: