Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

At Student Diversity and Inclusion, our goal is to support successful student communities at Macquarie.

Our team leads initiatives which support student diversity, including diversity in culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, and religion.

In all of our work, we aim to promote wellbeing, empowerment, respect, and ethical behaviour.

Our work includes:

  • Understanding what the evidence tells us about supporting community diversity, and translating that evidence into practice at Macquarie;
  • Providing advice about supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion at Macquarie - in physical and online campus settings;
  • Developing, delivering, and evaluating education with students and staff;
  • Responding to reports about concerns relating to student safety and/or student behaviour.

For more information, please send us an e-mail.

Calling Macquarie students! Come to one of our workshops!

Our workshops are free for all Macquarie students to join. They're an opportunity for you to develop skills which will help you build a safer and more inclusive community for all.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our workshops are being held online via Zoom in Session 2, 2020.

Don't worry ... same workshops, same content, same safe space - but you get to choose where you tune in from!

If your student group wants to talk to us about running a workshop, send us an e-mail - we're happy to chat with you.

Cultural diversity and awareness: Celebrating difference, helping others

What's this workshop about?

This workshop aims to help us all gain a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and cultural awareness, and how they have an impact in our everyday lives. It focuses on how we can respectfully celebrate cultural differences, and what we can say and do when these differences perhaps aren’t perceived in a positive way.

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the session, you'll:

  • Be more confident in talking openly about cultural diversity and awareness, and how these contribute to a successful student community at uni;
  • Be more confident in talking openly about how lack of cultural awareness can lead to social issues such as racism and race-based discrimination; and
  • Be more confident in knowing where to go for help at Macquarie if they, or someone they know at uni, is affected by racism or race-based discrimination.

What sessions are available?

TimeDateRegistration Link
1:00pm to 2:30pm (1.5 hours)Tuesday 11 August 2020Register here
10:00am to 11:30am (1.5 hours)Tuesday 25 August 2020Register here

Respond and refer: Helping people access support services

What's this workshop about?

Imagine one of your uni friends said to you they were feeling stressed out, had experienced harm or violence, or wanted some help but didn’t know where to go … what would you say and do? The aim of this workshop is to gain a better understanding of we can support someone who discloses to us a difficult experience they’ve had. It also focuses on how we can appropriately refer them to relevant support services.

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the session, you'll:

  • Be able to talk openly about why responding appropriately to disclosures of distress or difficult experiences is important;
  • Be more confident in knowing helpful and unhelpful ways to respond when someone is distressed or sharing difficult experiences; and
  • Be more confident in referring people they know in our university community to relevant support services – both on-campus and off-campus.

What sessions are available?

TimeDateRegistration Link
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Tuesday 4 August 2020Register here
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Wednesday 12 August 2020Register here
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Thursday 27 August 2020Register here

Step in, speak out: Taking safe and appropriate action in difficult situations

What's this workshop about?

We’ve all had experiences of witnessing something where we want to step in (or think someone should) but aren't sure how … This workshop focuses on the many different ways we can appropriately and safely step in and speak out, when we witness something that doesn’t sit right with us.

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the session, you'll:

  • Be able to talk openly about the bystander effect and how it plays out in difficult situations – both in the physical world and in online spaces;
  • Be able to talk openly about how being an active, effective bystander helps to make our community safer for all; and
  • Be more confident in different ways to safely and appropriately help others out in difficult situations.

What sessions are available?

TimeDateRegistration Link
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Wednesday 5 August 2020Register here
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Thursday 20 August 2020Register here
10:30am to midday (1.5 hours)Wednesday 26 August 2020Register here
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