Vice Chancellor and President’s Equity and Diversity Awards

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Vice Chancellor and President’s Equity and Diversity Awards


2017 award recipients

Staff awards
Ms Emma Kill

Preparatory and Enabling Unit

Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering, and Mentoring (STEMM)
Emma Kill has facilitated the TPP courses for the STEMM program delivered at Burnside State High School for the past 8 years, however her referees note that Emma’s contribution to the program extends beyond the role of Associate Lecturer, TPP. Emma regularly provides a flexible program which is a key element for successful completion, and provides mentoring and outreach to the young women involved in the program. Emma is described as a ‘genuine advocate for young mothers’, and is known to provide extra tutoring during holiday periods, organise food hampers and transport, and connects young women with support services when they are in need. Emma’s authentic and engaging approach has transformed many lives of many young women.

Dr Florin Oprescu and Dr Michele Verdonck 

School of Health and Sport Sciences

Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion Program
In Semester 1, 2017, Dr Florin Operscu and Dr Michele Verdonck assisted a local wheelerchair basketball club, Suncoast Spinners, to develop a program and successfully apply for government funding to extend the program to the Sunshine Coast community across 2017 and 2018. The program includes activities, lectures and workshops that aim to increase awareness and promote the participation of people with disabilities and able-bodied people in the same sporting activity by reversing the inclusion.

Student group awards
USC Law Student Association

In the past year, the USC Law Student’s Association have coordinated a range of events equity and diversity focused activities,including:

  • LGBTIQ forum during Diversity Week 2016
  • The annual Women in Law High Tea
  • Inaugural Indigenous Reconciliation Breakfast
  • Mental Health talks
  • Amendment of competition rules to accommodate competitors with a disability and the creation of the ‘Law Buddy Program’ in place of the Student Mentor Program
Amnesty International USC 

In Semester 1, 2017, Amnesty International USC coordinated a range of events including:

  • ‘Letters for Love’ event which obtained 280 actions for equal rights for marriage eligibility in Australia
  • Panel discussions for IDAHOT and National Reconciliation Week
  • Participated in the recent Relay for Life Cancer Council event on campus, raising almost $2,000
Callum Lee

President of USC Law Association

We would also like to Acknowledge Callum Lee current President of the USC Law Student Association, in his positions he has worked toward creating a positive, inclusive community for USC Law Students, key activities he has engaged in are:

  • Volunteer Mentor for Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience Program (AIME)
  • Completed USC Ally and Unconscious Bias Training, taking his knowledge from the training to ensure events and activities are delivered in an inclusive manner.
  • Investigative report presented at Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) on issues facing Rural, Remote, Regional and Boutique (RRRB) law students around Australia.

2016 award recipients

View the 2016 Diversity Award winners.

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