Equity and diversity
Deakin is committed to equity and diversity to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of our staff and students. We support a number of important campaigns to promote awareness about equity and diversity issues, and run programs that ensure equal access for students and staff.
The benefits of a balanced and diverse workforce are well established including better decision-making, innovation, ability to attract the best candidates, and job satisfaction for all.
Deakin University is committed to ensuring gender equity becomes a business and cultural norm, and has a history of efforts to address gender inequalities.
End Violence Against Women
In line with Deakin's strategic commitment to nurturing personal development and wellbeing for students and staff, the University's campaign to end violence against women is building on and coordinating existing activities, support, information and resources.
This includes the global 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, Australia's White Ribbon campaign, the local Barwon Month of Action, 'You the Man' performances and Deakin's own Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) counselling services at the Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses.
'You the Man' is a play about dating violence and bystander intervention. It’s an engaging live theatre performance that depicts various bystander roles and examines their interventions in a dating violence scenario.
Deakin hosts annual performances for staff and students. 'You the Man' is a powerful tool for raising awareness about violence against women and empowering people to take action.
Racism. It Stops With Me
Deakin University is an official supporter of Racism. It Stops With Me, a campaign that invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.
Diversity – More than we see
Deakin is proud of the diversity of our students and staff. We strive to foster an inclusive and vibrant culture that promotes value and respect for everyone. Diversity – More than we see is a campaign that celebrates individuality and uniqueness.
The 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. Allies are staff and students who align themselves with, and advocate on behalf of, staff and students of diverse sexuality and gender. The network can be joined by any Deakin staff member or student.
Social Inclusion Network
The Social Inclusion Network was established in 2010 to provide a continuing platform for sharing knowledge, expertise and good practice across all areas of the University. Inclusion News – a monthly newsletter produced by Equity and Diversity – aims to share the latest news and information about equity and diversity research, practices and events. To subscribe, simply email the Equity and Diversity team.
Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers (HDCOs) network
HDCOs are staff who are trained to assist staff and students with any enquiries about discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying. There is a network of over 75 HDCOs across the University, on every campus and in most work areas.
Student access and experience
Deakin Engagement and Access Program
We work with around 30 schools through the Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP). The program aims to encourage achievement and aspirations towards higher education.
We run DEAP activities in collaboration with primary and secondary schools, and community partners for students from Grade 3 to Year 12.
Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) includes a wide range of targeted projects that promote access to higher education and the successful completion of undergraduate courses.
Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)
VTAC's SEAS provides opportunities to access higher education for students whose ability to show potential for university study may have been limited or disadvantaged.
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
DEAP and the Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) have a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). This is a national educational program that links Indigenous secondary school students to universities through outreach and personal mentoring.
The National Disability Coordination Officer Programme
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Programme improves links between schools, tertiary education providers, employment providers and providers of disability assistance programs. Its goal is to increase education and employability for people with a disability.
|Equity and Diversity (Director)|
Email Mel Martinelli
|Access and Inclusion / Disability Services |
Email Merrin McCracken
|Access and Equity Partnerships |
Email Jane Finlay
|Equity and Diversity Programs|
Email Lyn Edwards
|Gender Equity |
Email Bree Gorman-Holz