Principle 4: Individual and collective responsibility - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Principle 4: Individual and collective responsibility

What we will do 

  • Develop a diversity-capable campus culture with each person valued for their contribution
  • Systematically review policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure consistency with and reflection of the principles of equity, social justice, and universal design and compatibility with human rights
  • Strengthen our leadership engagement and accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes
  • Support useful and meaningful partnerships between USC and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations, groups and communities located across the University’s geographic footprint
  • Build diversity, inclusion and equity principles into induction and onboarding processes
  • Build capability through awareness and skill development opportunities to create inclusive work and learning environments

How will we know we are making a difference? 

  • Staff and students are aware of USC values and know their rights and responsibilities in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Equity, social justice and universal design principles are reflected in any new policies, procedures and guidelines, and embedded into all scheduled policy reviews
  • Communities within our footprint and beyond are aware that USC is committed to inclusive values, processes and principles and agree to uphold our principles in partnership activities 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols and authorities are identified and practiced

USC commitment  

  • Demonstrate an organisational commitment to inclusion in decision making and priority setting
  • Share good practice, experiences and lessons learned through cross-divisional and external collaborations of diversity and inclusion
  • Develop policies in close consultation with underrepresented members of our community and involving all relevant departments and teams, and use the latest evidence, research and good practice to identify and inform their design
  • Facilitate engagement that demonstrates the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through free, prior and informed consent

Examples of individual commitment 

  • Contribute to ensuring an inclusive work and study environment
  • Attend diversity and inclusion events and encourage others to do the same
  • Adhere to best practice guidelines for inclusive events
  • Seek learning opportunities to broaden understanding of unique and various challenges experienced by diverse communities
  • Have regular discussions with team members about USC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including how to be involved and support this plan