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2021 Diversity Week

USC is a community that recognises and embraces diversity among our staff, students, and community partnerships. It provides an inclusive environment where each person feels they belong and are respected, connected, and empowered.

To ensure we all benefit from a culture of diversity and inclusion, USC launched the 2021-2023 Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

We can all make a difference and be champions for promoting an environment in which the diversity of our staff, students and our wider communities is valued.

Diversity Week is an opportunity to demonstrate your individual commitment to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

Diversity and Inclusion is everyone’s business - share with us what your commitment looks like.

Hear about Executive members commitments in the short video below.

Check the Campus Life Events calendar to see what activities are available at your campus.


‘Protecting scholars and the freedom to think, question, and share ideas.

 Leaders from universities across Australia will virtually convene on August 19, 2021, to launch the Australia section of Scholars at Risk (SAR). The launch celebrates the work and commitment of our 13 founding members, including the section’s esteemed host, the University of the Sunshine Coast.

 The SAR Australia Section launch will be held in association with World Humanitarian Day and USC’s Diversity Week celebrations. Participants will gather to explore ways to mobilize Australian society to better understand and defend academic freedom. The launch will feature remarks by the Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of the Sunshine Coast Professor Helen Bartlett, the Honourable Robert French AC, Professor Adrienne Stone of Melbourne University Law School, National Director of Amnesty International Australia Sam Klintworth, Human Rights Watch Australia Researcher Sophie McNeill, and Faculty Member at Victoria University and Former President of the NTEU Jeannie Rea.

To view the full event online program and register to attend follow this link SAR Australia Launch | Scholars at Risk

Student learning and development

During August and September, the Queensland Human Rights Commission and Queensland Council for LGBTI Health are delivering workshops designed to broaden your knowledge of aspects of Diversity and Inclusion and to enhance your professional practice.

These two-hour online workshops include: Unconscious Bias, Gender Identity and Discrimination, and Sexuality and Gender Identity 'Becoming a USC Ally'. Students can register for these workshops via Career Development on Student Hub.

Staff learning and development


Thursday 19 August, 10am – 12noon, online via Zoom

This session aims to provide participants with an introduction to why LGBTQ inclusion is important in the workplace, explore challenges faced by LGBTQ employees, provide a level of comfort around terminology and discuss the impact that culture has on the employee experience.

Staff can register your participation via the MyUSC USC Learning and Development calendar.

Staff who participate in this training can register to become a USC LGBTIQ+ Ally, for more information re the Ally Network contact Diversity@usc.edu.au.

Walking in the shoes of others: Seeing and embracing intersectionality

Monday 16 August, 10 – 11.15am, online via Zoom 

This session provides an action-based experience into how intersectionality affects engagement at work, and how including diverse perspectives can help organisations reduce and remove structural, systemic and cultural barriers, and thus improve outcomes for individuals and organisations.

Participants will:

Register via Eventbrite.

Promoting Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

This session will discuss the bystander approach to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Tuesday 17 August, 12noon – 1pm

Staff can register for this workshop via the MATE website.