As a growing institution, we have the opportunity to create something unique to USC, where diversity and inclusivity is not only best practice but is what we do on a day-to-day basis.
To achieve this, we need to adopt a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion.
To maximise our potential as a University and ensure we reflect the diversity of our staff, students and community, we have committed to developing a contemporary Diversity and Inclusion Plan and program of initiatives. The Plan will provide an overview of diversity and inclusion activities and initiatives for the next three years 2020-2022 to ensure alignment with USC’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022.
Successful delivery of the plan depends on an integrated approach. In October 2019 we sought academics, professional staff, students and community members to form a Working Group to drive the development of the Plan.
The Working Group is representative of the diversity in our community and have met on a fortnightly basis, since beginning in November 2019.
Key activities undertaken by the Working Group have included:
- Scanned the sector, for best practice nationally and internationally
- Considered alignment of the University’s current enabling plans and provide direction to the development of future enabling plans
- Developed a broad outline of plan
- Drafted Vision, Diversity and Inclusion definitions, guiding principles and descriptors
Your feedback will be reviewed by the Working Group. Further updates and opportunities for input will be provided as the Diversity and Inclusion Plan progresses.
Thank you for your time.
How will we know if our diversity and inclusion strategies are successful? We need to respect the judgment of those community members who have previously experienced exclusion, discrimination or marginalisation. Have our strategies made a positive difference for them?
Professor Joanne Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
Chair, Vice-Chancellor and President Equity and Diversity Committee