Diversity and Inclusion
In the Faculty of the Professions, we are absolutely committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment that celebrates unique contributions of our staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains and the land on which the University’s campuses at North Terrace, Waite, Thebarton and Roseworthy are built. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs.
We respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and knowledge. Indigenous Students Mentors in each School actively support academic success of our Indigenous students.
Our staff and students come from various cultural, language, and religious backgrounds. We celebrate the cultural diversity of our students and staff and foster a culture of inclusion, belonging, and equal opportunity.
We strongly believe in equal opportunity for women and actively develop actions and programs to achieve gender equity.
We recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ rich diversity, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning staff and students.
Diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life benefit us all:
- Our students gain an enhanced sense of community and belonging, and a greatly enriched environment and education.
- Our staff enjoy greater well-being, through inclusive and flexible family-friendly work practices.
- Our University benefits from a greater range of perspectives, delivering broader research success and impact.
That’s why we’re actively working to achieve equal opportunity and representation across genders, and to support cultural diversity and inclusion of all—for you, us, and our community.
Faculty of Professions diversity and inclusion committee
In 2015, we established our own Diversity and Inclusion Committee to work with the University’s central GED committee, Indigenous Educational Strategies and Community Engagement committee and human resources team.
Our committee’s mandate is to encourage positive change across the Faculty through such actions as:
- Monitoring our Faculty’s achievement in regard to the University’s gender equity and diversity goals.
- Considering and making recommendations to the Executive Dean on related organizational priorities.
- Promoting a culture of aspiration towards improved representation of women and people of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other backgrounds.
- Considering and recommending ways to remove impediments to equality of opportunity.
- Disseminating best-practice to staff.
- Contributing to the Faculty’s marketing and recruitment strategies.
- Providing a connection between the Faculty and the University’s Indigenous Education Unit, Wirltu Yarlu, through the Faculty’s Indigenous Student Mentors.
The Faculty’s D&I committee meets six times a year and reports directly to our Faculty board. It also includes designated Indigenous Student Mentors, who act as first points of contact for our Schools.
Director, Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Duygu Yengin (School of Economics) Adelaide Business School Phil Saj (Accounting & Finance)
Steven Goodman (Marketing)
Adelaide Law School Alex Reilly Student Representative Madison Terrell Student Hub Nicole Rizzo-Gray
Human Resources Natalie De Boo Learning and Teaching Roger Rajkovic Committee Secretary Gemma Stanger
View the current and complete committee membership list along with historical committee meeting minutes and agendas on staff intranet.
Indigeneous students support
We contribute to the Faculty’s response to the University’s Tarrkarri Tirrka Integrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy. Through the DI grants, we support integration of indigenous knowledges into curriculum and initiatives that support our Indigeneous students.
Each School in the Faculty has Indigenous Students Mentors (ISMs) who assist our indigenous students in reaching their academic goals. ISMs work with Wiltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Gender equity strategy
Edith Emily Dornwell was the first woman to graduate at the University of Adelaide in 1885 and she was the first person to graduate with a Bachelor of Science. In 2015, the University of Adelaide launched the Dornwell Framework, the University’s first gender equity strategy for staff. The Diversity and Inclusion committee was part of the process of consulting on and drafting the Dornwell Framework.
As part of the Dornwell Framework, each year the Diversity and Inclusion committee prepares and Action plan for promoting gender equity in the Faculty. The Action plan is organised around three areas of focus as follows:
- strengthening leadership capability and accountability
- building an empowered workforce
- growing and strengthening the talent pipeline
International Women’s Day (IWD) 8 March International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) 17 May Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June R U OK Day 13 September International Student Day 17 November
Whether you’re a student or staff member who would like to contribute to the D&I committee, we would love to hear from you.