Many students on campus know Marj Blowers as the “go to” person for support, whether that involves establishing a respite room for people with disabilities, flag-raising for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community during Diversity Week celebrations, or helping nutrition and dietetics students publish a cookbook with cheap, healthy recipes for people on low incomes.
Ms Blowers graduated from a USC Bachelor of Human Services to a job as USC Student Equity and Diversity Adviser and remains one of few people to win both a Chancellor’s Medal as a student (2008) and a Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Service as an employee (2012).
“I’m a go-getter when it comes to fighting for people’s rights,” she said. “I believe in human rights for every individual. We all deserve to be treated equally in society. Diversity enriches our personal, professional, academic and social lives and that’s why USC holds events such as Diversity Week, which celebrates everyone in our community and raises awareness of issues affecting equity and inclusion.
“USC prides itself on community engagement, whether we’re helping school children or creating Murri pathways or working with disadvantaged students through The Smith Family. The campus is a supportive place for all students, whether you’re the parent of a young child or you’re gay or you have a disability or you come from a multicultural background.
Here is a place where you can come and feel comfortable and respected. And you can always find someone to talk to, whether it’s about budgeting or anxiety or careers,” Marj said.
USC's Diversity Week is held on 22–26 August 2016.