The event was launched in 2014 by Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel, Dr. Ute Zimmermann and Verena Bruchhagen. The special thing about "Zu Tisch - Diversität am Mittag" (At the Table - Diversity at Lunch) is that selected people from different areas of TU Dortmund University get to talk to each other over a shared lunch snack.
The first events had external diversity experts as guests, who provided a little impetus for the joint discussion. Since 2015, the focus has been entirely on TU Dortmund: The meeting places on campus change. There is a hostess or a host there in each case. The hosts have the opportunity to give a short thought impulse on a diversity topic in their area. Good ideas for the further development of TU Dortmund's diversity culture are then generated during the table discussion.
The Stifterverband (Founders' Association) has awarded "Zu Tisch" (At the table) with the "Hochschulperle divers" (University pearl divers) of the month July 2016.