Embedding equal opportunity means implementing real initiatives that empower our students and staff to reach their goals, irrespective of gender, race, orientation or economic background.
Being inclusive is embedded in our culture, but we know it has no meaning unless we do as we say. That’s why we run programs and initiatives that demonstrate how we live our values.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to enter higher education, for instance, so we visit primary and high schools across NSW to make sure students from underrepresented groups know why going to university is important and what pathways are available to them.
We believe racism in any form is abhorrent and must be countered, so we’ve partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission's campaign Racism. It Stops with Me.
And we believe in the equal rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) students and staff so we have set up a Pride Network.
The role of an ally is to be aware of the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people and, to make a difference in whatever way they feel comfortable. This can include being a point of contact for students, participating in training or standing against inequality or exclusion when they see it.
We’ve also partnered with Pride in Diversity, Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist with LGBTIQ inclusion.
As an employer, we’re committed to equal representation and opportunity for all. Our local community is rich in diversity and we aim to reflect that in our workforce.
We encourage our female staff to aspire to senior leadership roles through the Women and Leadership Program Suite.
Staff can balance other parenting or caring responsibilities through part-time, job share and flexible-hour arrangements.
We recognise this can impact career progression, which is why we offer equity fellowship programs. This is one of the many ways we are working towards a higher representation of women at senior levels of the university.
We aim to be an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, supporting their participation at all levels of the university through Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu; the strategic framework underpinning the activities and policies designed to increase Aboriginal engagement.