University to celebrate Diversity Week

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University to celebrate Diversity Week


7 September 2012

Activities to demonstrate support for culture, equity and inclusion will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast next week to celebrate USC’s first Diversity Week.

The four-day event, with the theme “Together We Grow”, will be held from Monday 10 September to Thursday 14 September to coincide with Queensland’s Disability Action Week.

USC’s Student Equity and Diversity Officer Marjorie Blowers said Diversity Week 2012 would showcase the cultures of USC’s campus community and open up the lines of communication about equity and inclusion.

“The USC population is very diverse and prides itself on being inclusive,” Ms Blowers said. “The student body is made up of more than 8,000 students from 80 different nations as well as growing numbers from all of our equity groups.

“The theme ‘Together We Grow’ encapsulates what diversity is all about. We absorb and grow from one another’s cultures and each other’s experiences, so combining together will help us to grow a better future.”

Tuesday and Wednesday will be the biggest days of the event and will feature demonstrations by Vision Australia, Indigenous art workshops, a multicultural barbecue, live music by Groove Samoko, yoga and counselling activities.

A highlight will be a presentation by Bernadette Waterhouse about her journey with mental illness from 2-3pm on Wednesday at USC’s Lecture Theatre 7.

Media are welcome to attend Diversity Week at USC, with the best time for filming/photography on Wednesday 12 September between noon-4pm.

Ms Blowers said many of USC’s student groups were taking part. “One group will attempt to break a world record by creating a sea of coloured hands with special messages written on them to demonstrate opposition to child sex slavery,” she said.

On Thursday, USC will hold a “Life after University” workshop from 8.30am to 3pm to provide information and tips for students with disabilities about seeking employment. Media are welcome to attend this workshop.

The University’s Disabilities Services Officer Colleen Dunn said there were 467 students with disabilities were enrolled at USC this year.

“USC has one of the highest participation rates of students with disabilities among our universities nationally,” she said. “Our various programs provide the stepping stone into direct employment for these students.”

Michelle Widdicombe

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