9 September 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast will stage a two-day celebration for Diversity Week this week with a particular focus on mental health and cultural equity.
More than 500 people are expected to attend a range of activities on Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September, including dance displays, Indigenous storytelling, cultural activities and the chance to sample some international cuisines.
USC Student Equity and Diversity Officer Marjorie Blowers said the celebration of Diversity Week was important for the university.
“USC is an inclusive campus with a colourful and diverse population of students and staff from a range of backgrounds, including more than 65 different cultures,” she said.
“Diversity is part of the university’s strength because it creates a sharing and respectful environment where all are equal. This celebration is also about raising awareness of not only cultural differences but of students with disabilities and those from minority groups on campus.”
Following on from USC’s celebration of Diversity Week, there will be a short walk across campus as part of R U OK? Day – a national day of action for suicide prevention – on Thursday 12 September.
Participants will be encouraged to dress in yellow for the walk, which will start at the USC Sports Stadium and will be followed by a free barbecue and entertainment in the USC Gallery Piazza at noon.
Ms Blowers said this event, entitled “Walk and Talk, Roll and Sign”, would help raise awareness for mental health issues including suicide prevention.
“USC will turn into a sea of yellow on Thursday 12 September as we shine the spotlight on mental health as part of R U OK? Day,” she said.
“It is another way of ensuring a culture of diversity, equity and respect exists on campus especially for those dealing with or affected by mental health issues.”
— Jessica Halls