Equity and Diversity

We're proud of Deakin’s culture and continue to nurture its development as one that values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion. We provide disability support services, develop gender equitable practices and implement discrimination and harassment policies.

Our focus

Our primary goal is to ensure all students and staff feel welcomed, safe and supported no matter their gender, race or ability throughout their journey with Deakin.

Our services

Promoting inclusion and access for all

We support and provide information for students and staff with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study, work or participation in university life. Our services include accessible parking, assistive technology and interpreters.

Our Disability Resource Centre houses a dedicated team of Disability Liaison Officers who support and guide students and staff throughout their time with Deakin.

Find out more about disability services at Deakin

Collaborating through partnerships and projects

We run a number of programs, projects and events through school, community and government partnerships focused on helping all students access university.

These include:

  • Deakin Engagement and Access Program 
  • Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
  • National Disability Coordination Officer Programme
  • The Smith Family Partnership
  • Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.

Learn more about partnerships

Championing human rights

We proudly pledge support for the Australian Human Rights Commission's Racism. It Stops with Me campaign. 

A key initiative of the National Anti-Racism Strategy, the campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

Through this campaign, Deakin aims to:

  • ensure more people recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community
  • give more people the tools and resources to take practical action against racism
  • empower individuals and the university to prevent and respond effectively to racism.

Learn more about this campaign

Committing to protect women

In line with Deakin’s strategic commitment to nurture personal development and wellbeing for all students and staff, our campaign to end violence against women builds on and coordinates existing activities, support, information and resources.

Nurturing a diverse and welcoming culture

We facilitate practices, policies and networks to ensure a fair and inclusive university environment. We’re strongly committed to the principles of equity and fairness in education and employment and do not tolerate unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

We respect, value and actively pursue the benefits of gender equity across the university, as well as cultural, linguistic and sexual diversity. 

Our Ally Network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) staff and students.

We’re also proud to offer a number of flexible working arrangements for all Deakin staff.

Learn more about equity and diversity at Deakin

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9244 6255
Email the Equity and Diversity division

Equity and Diversity (Director)
Mel Martinelli
Email Mel Martinelli
Access and Inclusion / Disability Services
Merrin McCracken
Email Merrin McCracken
Access and Equity Partnerships
Jane Finlay
Email Jane Finlay
Equity and Diversity Programs
Lyn Edwards
Email Lyn Edwards
Gender Equity
Bree Gorman-Holz
Email Bree Gorman-Holz