Diversity Fest is coming to campus on Monday 23 September, bringing us together to embrace diversity and inclusion.
UNSW’s inaugural Diversity Fest runs from 23 – 27 September. The week-long celebration aims to bring the community together to embrace diversity and ignite bold conversations for a more inclusive society. The program boasts a diverse line-up of events from panel talks, debates, art exhibitions and movie screenings.
“I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to get involved and attend events that spark their professional or personal interests”, said Professor Eileen Baldry, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Equity Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).
As an official launch to the week, the EDI Town Hall event will take place on Monday 23 September at 2:30pm, Leighton Hall. Students and staff will have the opportunity to learn about the EDI Division’s current initiatives, future projects and engage in open conversations with UNSW’s Diversity Champions and student leaders.
The centrepiece of the event program is the Game Changers sporting panel discussion. Held Tuesday 24 September at 6pm in the Roundhouse, and hosted by ABC Breakfast’s Paul Kennedy, a uniquely qualified panel will boldly address gender, sexuality, disability and race in sport and wider society.
On the panel will be Australian Paralympian and current Wimbledon champion Dylan Alcott; Rugby 7s Olympic gold medallist Ellia Green; former Australian Netball Diamond and current Collingwood AFLW player Sharni Layton; and the NRL’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager Casey Conway.
Diversity Fest runs for one week only. However, the EDI Division hopes that the impacts are positive and long lasting for students, staff and the general public. The Division of EDI want to engender better understanding of the challenges in society and realise the positive impacts diversity has on our community, as we collectively build a more inclusive and equitable culture.
“Research here and internationally shows that inclusivity enriches our learning, teaching and working experiences”, said Professor Baldry. “We are proud to celebrate diversity in our community and society, and Diversity Fest 2019 is a significant step towards helping UNSW continue to build a flourishing inclusive culture for everyone”.
To see a full list of events and to register visit Diversity Fest 2019.