The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to creating a work and study environment which values the rich diversity of its students, facilitates equitable access and full participation for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are under-represented, and in which all members of the University community take personal responsibility for working to eliminate discriminatory practices.
Across our campuses and study sites, the USC community is working together to create an inclusive culture which:
- encourages universal student engagement
- improves retention; and
- enhances the overall quality of the student experience.
Access and Diversity grants are available to fund initiatives that celebrate, promote and increase community awareness of the benefits of diversity, and that foster community cohesion and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse backgrounds. The grants are available to USC staff, students and student associations. Download the electronic version of the Access and Diversity Grant Application (PDF 146KB). Email Diversity@usc.edu.au to request a hard copy of the form.
"Racism. It stops with me"
The University of the Sunshine Coast is a proud signatory to the Australian Human Rights Commission campaign "Racism. It stops with me". The campaign is part of the National Anti-Racism Strategy which encourages us all to work together by taking action against racism, in all its different forms.
USC has a long and proud history of working to make our organisation inclusive and free from racism. Ongoing work in this area includes:
- NAIDOC Week activities coordinated by the Buranga Centre
- Cultural awareness programs
- Student Expectations and Responsibilities awareness-raising campaign
- C-SALT's work on Indigenous Knowledge and the curriculum
- An Indigenous Employment Strategy
All initiatives are underpinned by our Equity Policy which identifies our commitment to the principles of equity in employment and education, freedom from discrimination and from harassment of all forms.
For more information about the campaign and access to resources go to "Racism. It stops with me"
Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan
USC acknowledges that the recognition of diverse cultures enriches experiences for people from all walks of life. Taking steps to settle and engage new residents and visitors in a manner that makes them welcome and connected to the Sunshine Coast community builds a sense of belonging. Go to Multiculturalism on the Sunshine Coast to find out what programs and events are taking place across our Region. View the current Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan.
Recognition of the Traditional Custodians of the country on which USC is located is now part of the USC way and, in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community, has become standard practice for all university official events. Whether Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander peoples, other Australians or international, this genuine partnership with the Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi is something that USC students value greatly. It bodes well for reconciliation both at home and abroad.
USC takes Reconciliation seriously and is proud to have launched the third iteration of the USC Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017. The USC Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2019 is very much a rite of passage for our university. Built on the initial two Plans, it provides an opportunity for us to reconfirm our commitment to reconciliation and indicates that we, as a university community, are ready to take that next step.
EO Online for Students
EO Online is an equal opportunity training program that raises awareness about discrimination and harassment issues. It has been developed for the higher education community by a consortium of Australian Universities.
It covers theoretical knowledge and a practical understanding of how to apply equal opportunity principles in work and study environments.
In Australia, it is unlawful to discriminate against or harass someone at or in an education facility. The University has an obligation under State and Federal discrimination and human rights legislations to provide a work and educational environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, bullying and vilification.
Students are encouraged to re-visit EO Online periodically to refresh their knowledge, and to use the program as a resource when necessary.
Students are not required to register their completion of EO Online (this applies only to University staff).
Students can gain access to EO Online via the University website, via a University computer without a password.
USC Ally Network: 'Creating safe study and work spaces for LGBTIQ students'
The USC Ally Network is a group of students and staff who have participated in training around working with people with sexual and gender diverse backgrounds and who may or may not identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ). The aim of the Ally Network is to advocate and support cultural change, build and support an advocacy network and help create a safe and inclusive and educational and work environment. More information about training workshops and resources can be found at USC Ally Network.
Semester 1 2018 Workshop Dates
- Sippy Downs: 15 March, 12nn-2pm
- Gympie: 16 May, 2-4pm
- SouthBank: TBA
- Fraser Coast: TBA
- Caboolture: TBA
Student Unconscious Bias Training
Today discrimination is no longer acceptable and in many cases, unlawful. As a consequence, we find ourselves concealing our prejudices to the point where we are often not consciously aware of them ourselves. Yet our unconscious biases influence the decisions we make every day.
This two-hour course covers the following content:
- what unconscious bias is and where it comes from
- how unconscious bias affects decision making
- methods to identify and counteract unconscious bias.
At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- understand the meaning of unconscious bias and the psychological basis of it
- identify their own unconscious biases and the underpinning drivers
- identify bias in decision-making processes and make necessary changes
- take practical steps to reduce the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace.
Semester 1 2018 Workshop Dates
- USC Fraser Coast: Wednesday 14 March, 2-4pm
- USC Gympie: Thursday 15 March, 10am-12noon
- USC SouthBank: Wednesday 11 April, 12noon-2pm
- USC Caboolture: Thursday 12 April, 12noon-2pm
- USC Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs): Monday 25 June, 10am-12noon
The University of the Sunshine Coast is proud of the diversity that exists among our students, our staff and our community. Throughout the year, we celebrate the diversity that each of us brings to our workplace, our classrooms, and our community. The Vice-Chancellor and President takes a direct leadership role in ensuring that equity and diversity are key objectives, integrated within all University plans. The support of this commitment by staff, students and community is evidenced through the growing engagement in key events across 2018:
- International Women's Day 8 March
- Close the Gap 16 March
- Harmony Day 21 March
- International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) 17 May
- NAIDOC Week 8-15 July
- USC Diversity Week 20-24 August
Gather on the Global Carpet
Spend a couple of hours during USC Market Day gathering on USC’s Global Carpet: a new initiative designed to bring students together to celebrate the diversity of our USC community.
Global Carpet is a safe space for all to:
- Dive into the richness of the diversity at USC
- Share stories, music and art from our diverse backgrounds
- Discuss current issues around diversity in Australia
Bring your lunch, bring a friend! There is room for everyone on the Global Carpet!
Venue: Brasserie Lawn (look out for the shade marquees and coloured mats)
Celebrate and share your culture on the Global Carpet! To get involved contact us on Diversity@usc.edu.au. Funding is available to assist in your activities.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Calendar
The purpose of this online calendar is to celebrate and raise awareness and understanding of significant events for people who may identify with different diversity groups. Developing an effective Diversity and Inclusion culture is an important part of being a world-leading university. Diversity adds value to our problem solving, decision making and creativity. Inclusion fosters collaboration, trust and respect and supports psycho-social safety and well-being.
The Cultural Diversity Calendar (PDF91KB) is an online resource which acknowledges significant religious and spiritual dates for USC staff and students.
Diversity enriches our personal, professional, academic and social lives. The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to the principles of equity and freedom from discrimination in employment and education.
2018 Diversity Week
USC Diversity Week 2018 will showcase the contributions made by its students, staff and alumni and encourage creative conversations about equity and inclusion. Faculties, Schools, Departments, Student Groups and associations, academics and general staff and students are encouraged to meaningfully and creatively engage with this significant event. Diversity Week 2018 activities will run from 20th-24th August across all USC campuses. Equity and Diversity Activity Grants will be available to those who nominate to run original and creative events during the week of festivities.
Check back for updates on Diversity Week 2018 activities.
Vice Chancellor and President’s Equity and Diversity Awards
The Vice-Chancellor and President's Equity and Diversity Awards have been established to recognise and reward staff, students and alumni of the University who have made an outstanding and demonstrable commitment to equity and diversity within the University and/or its broader community over a sustained period of time.
View the 2017 Diversity Award Recipients.
Dive into Diversity
Do you want to get involved in hosting Diversity events at USC? Do you have an idea for an event that celebrates Diversity? Funding is available to bring your original ideas to life. Fill in the form below and we'll be in touch