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20-24 August 2018

Diversity Week activities will run from 20-24 August across all USC campuses.

USC Diversity Week showcases the contributions made by its students, staff and alumni and encourage creative conversations about diversity and inclusion.

Equity and Diversity Activity Grants will be available to those who nominate to run original and creative events during the week of festivities.

Diversity Week breakfast

The Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards presentation will be held Monday 20 August 2018, at the opening address of USC Diversity Week as part of the annual Diversity Week breakfast. The breakfast will also feature guest speaker - Marayke Jonkers, Paralympian and the announcement of the 2019 Student Diary Artwork Competition winner.


Diversity Week program

Monday 20 August


Diversity Week Official Breakfast - Innovation Centre. Including the presentation of the Vice-Chancellor and President's Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Guest speaker - Marayke Jonkers, Paralympian.


Free German style BBQ hosted by  USC Mosaic (lawn outside Building D) 

11am– 1pm 

Traditional Games – Indigenous Services (on the lawn outside Building D)


Join in on the "Drumming Circle" with Rhythm Culture (on the lawn outside Building D)


"The ancient art of Belly Dancing". Join in on a fun and interactive workshop and cultural journey (on the lawn outside Building D)


Panel discussion hosted by the USC Law Student Association "Breaking the Chains" (Innovation Centre). Highlighting how the law regulates society and how diverse individuals are marginalised within the legal system with the aim of considering how as a community we can change this.

Tuesday 21 August

FREE Yoga workshop for All abilities. Bring yoga mat/towel/drink bottle. (on the lawn outside Building D) Chairs available if needed 


Group Kirtan “Mantra chanting to calm the mind and energise the soul” Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul. Hosted by “Soraya Sarawati”

10am–12noon "Run and Roll Tennis"  Inclusive Wheelchair Tennis for all abilities. Hosted by the National Wheelchair Tennis Academy and Tennis Queensland. (USC Tennis Courts near the Uni Club/Student Guild)
11am–1pm Vietnamese Student Association Cultural Lunch and other multicultural cultural activities (on the lawn outside Building D)

Music Jam by USC School of Music (on the lawn outside Building D)


Documentary screening and Q&A (on the lawn outside Building D)

THE STAGING POST: Follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Musafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they build a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution.

A real-life, real-time, multi-platform documentary about friendship, connection and the power of community.


"The Depth of Diversity Trivia Challenge"  hosted by Amnesty International, at the Uni Club/Student Guild. Food and Refreshments provided. Register your team by emailing ai.uni.sunshinecoast@gmail.com.

Tuesday 21 August


  • Emu Feather Jewellery Making – Jacqui Sandy (Davis)
  • "What does diversity mean to you" flag making and Diversity of Happiness discussions.
  • The Global Journey "Where are you from; Where have you been"
  • Mexican and Indian Fusion Student Lunch
  • Student Wellbeing Diversity of Happiness Project/activity 
Thursday 23 August
10am–12noon Traditional Games run by Indigenous Services

Activities Table – Flag Making (in the Student Commons area)

Student Wellbeing Diversity of Happiness Project/activity

Student Lunch "global flavours"


Friday 24 August 

6-9pm Diversity Trivia Hosted by Fraser Coast Social Group 

Venue: USC Fraser Coast Library Free Entry and Food for USC Students


Wednesday 22 August 

12noon-1pm in the Student Commons and outdoor area:

  • Traditional Bush Tucker Lunch and activities
  • "What does diversity mean to you" flag making and Diversity of Happiness discussions.
Friday 24 August 

1:30pm Unconscious Bias Workshop (in room GYG.17) Registrations essential on Student Hub.

Tuesday 21 August

12noon-1pm: Diversity craft activities with an eastern style student lunch (in the Student Commons area)

Diversity Week Breakfast guest speaker Marayke Jonkers, Paralympian

USC alumni Marayke Jonkers is a Paralympic medal winning swimmer, para-triathlete and founder of Sporting Dreams, a grants program which helps athletes with disabilities. She is an expert in self leadership — the art of building self-confidence and knowledge to live your own ‘gold medal life."

Marayke won a silver and two bronze Paralympic medals as a swimmer, competing at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

A former world record holder and current Australian record holder Marayke represented Australia for over 10 years breaking over 70 Australian records and winning many international medals.

A passionate advocate for social justice and diversity she made history as Australia's first female para-triathlete and para triathlon medallist at a world championship. She has been selected as an international leader of the future by the International Women’s forum, attending international conferences and mentoring.

Read Marayke Jonker's full profile

Since retiring from competitive sport due to injury in 2011 Marayke has focused her attention on helping the next generation of athletes with disabilities through the grants scheme she started in 2008 called Sporting Dreams. Sporting dreams provides funds to purchase equipment such as racing wheelchairs. Marayke’s vision is to ensure the next generation of athletes have the same opportunity she has had to enjoy fun fitness and personal development through sport.

Away from the pool she has two university degrees from the University of the Sunshine Coast, in social science and communications, and achieved high distinction grades.

Marayke shares her medal winning techniques for success and how to get the best out of yourself in any situation by tapping into your uniqueness.

We all face obstacles, crossroads and change but we also all have choices. In her presentations and workshops on self-leadership Marayke delves deeply into how she found the inner strength to keep going and not only survive, but to thrive- and how you can too- using her simple 12 step program ‘rev up to win. She runs workshops in self leadership/goal setting for corporate audiences and students.

Her outstanding achievements have led to Marayke winning many awards and accolades among them an honorary Senior fellowship, inaugural outstanding alumni award and Sporting Hall of fame induction from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Marayke won Queensland Young Achiever Award in 2005, has twice been a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards and has been an Olympic torch bearer.

Marayke was named one of Australia's most inspirational women by Cosmopolitan magazine, being announced as the inaugural winner of the fun fearless female award.

She has appeared on television shows including Insight on SBS, Totally Wild on channel 10, and in publications including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Marayke loves a challenge and has tried skydiving, sit skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, camel riding, and has travelled through parts of Europe, the pacific, Asia and the UK enjoying the challenge of taking a wheelchair to some of least accessible areas of the world.

Her favourite quote is "you never know what you can do until you try”.

USC welcomes Marayke and is excited to have her as Key Note Speaker for the USC Diversity Week Breakfast 2018.

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