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19-23 August 2019

Diversity Week is about celebration, conversation and inclusion.

This year, we have activities running from 19-23 August across all USC campuses, showcasing the contributions made by students, staff and alumni and encouraging creative conversations about diversity and inclusion.

Equity and Diversity Activity Grants are available to those who nominated to run original and creative events during the week of festivities, to raise awareness of the of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Week breakfast

Please join USC Executive, students, staff and community to officially launch the  2019 Diversity Week activities. We encourage creative conversations about equity and inclusion and will celebrate contributions from the USC community.

The morning will feature the presentation of the Vice-Chancellor and President's Diversity and Inclusion Awards, Keynote address by Mx Misty Farquhar PHD Researcher Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education and address from Edna Cotter Human Rights Commission Queensland.

Misty Farquhar
Misty Farquhar

Diversity Week breakfast keynote speaker

Misty's profile

Diversity Week program

Monday 19 August



Diversity Week Official Breakfast - Innovation Centre. Including the presentation of the Vice-Chancellor and President's Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Keynote address by Mx Misty Farquhar PHD Researcher Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education.



Workshop: Introduction to the Human  Rights Act 2019: Facilitated by the Human Right Commission Queensland 

Venue E2.25/25 Staff and Student Workshop Registrations Essential: Diversity@usc.edu.au 

Light Refreshments Provided.



Scholars At Risk Program Launch

Opening address from Professor Joanne Scott PVC Community Engagement with a panel discussing academic freedom to follow.

Venue: Sports Stadium Function Room S1.10 



"A Voice for Change" A panel discussion with representative from people with diverse backgrounds working within the community and the criminal justice system.

Panel Speakers: 

Uncle Paul Calcott; Magistrate Maxine Baldwin; Honourable Justice Peter John Murphy; Raelene Ellis Principal of Raise Law.

Hosted by USC Law Student Association

To Register: USC LSA Diversity Week Panel Discussion

Venue: USC Innovation Centre

Tuesday 20 August Lawn between D and I Building 



Grab a bean bag or a deck chair and settle in on the Lawn and enjoy to groovy tunes from USC School of Music.

Emu Feather Jewellery making workshop 

Information stalls, tie dying and the Sum of Us conversation circle



African Immersion with Samoko: Come and be part of an African journey through song, dance, drumming and story telling.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling and dance immersion with Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers


until all gone

Free Student Lunch of Indian and African Flavours (GF, vegetarian and Vegan options)


African Immersion with Samoko: Come and be part of an African journey through song, dance, drumming and story telling.


Chill down with the groovy tunes from the USC School of Music.
Wednesday 21 August

Diversity Connect Day 

Come and join in on some great activities such as the drumming circle, where am I from mapping, diversity flag making, Emu Feather jewellery making workshop and lots more, whilst enjoying some free worldly food from Mexico, China and Australian Bush Tucker.

Wednesday 21 August



Diversability Day

Come and engage in some inclusive and diverse games like blind folded jenga, connect 4x4and engage your creativity through the sensory exploration of painting and crafts with your mouth, fingers and toes. All while enjoying culturally flavoursome Morning, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. Groovy tunes at 12pm.
Thursday 22 August



Diversity Connect Day

Come and join in on some great activities such as diversity flag making, Traditional basket weaving with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, The Sensory Circle and My Multicultural Self  whilst enjoying some free worldly food.

Venue: Student Commons Area

Friday 23 August

12 noon-


Bring your lunch

Understanding Sexuality and Gender Identity "Becoming a USC Ally" workshop (students only)

USC Allies act as a point of contact for staff and students on LGBTIQ issues and can discuss these areas confidently.

Learn about: Sexual orientation and gender identity; Myths, values and stereotypes associated with LGBTIQ+; Different types of discrimination, Factors which make it difficult for LGBTIQ+ people and communities and a range of USC and community resources.

All Allies will get resource packs so they can clearly display they are allies. Your groups will also be listed as known allies that students can go to.

Venue: FC2.05 USC Fraser Coast

Students to Register via Student Hub/Wellbeing, For more information contact Diversity@usc.edu.au 

Thursday 22 August



Diversity Connect Lunch 

Lunch and flag-making craft activity with staff and students invited to dress in colorful clothing or traditional garments which represent their cultural background throughout Diversity Week.

Bridie Kean

Diversity is such a broad term. To me, it means recognising and celebrating everyone’s backgrounds and experiences and journeys because that’s what makes the world a richer place.

Bridie Kean

USC Associate Lecturer, Public Health; Australian Wheelchair basketballer

Justin Chilly

When I think of diversity, I think of people’s uniqueness. Nobody’s ever the same as the person next to them. But even though everyone is unique and different, we all share common bonds.

Justin Chilly

USC social work student

Tanisha Watts

It’s important to celebrate our differences because people – or groups of people – become marginalised when we’re not seeking out those different perspectives.

Tanisha Watts

Vice President of Education, USC Law Students’ Association

Nina Ashfield

We’re essentially creating the world’s next leaders, so our students need to make their voices heard to the people in power who are making the decisions.

Nina Ashfield

USC graduate and Chancellor’s Medal recipient; former president of Amnesty International USC

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