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Deakin University's culture respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of diversity across the organisation so that staff have opportunities to reach their full potential and participate in all aspects of University life.
Supporting equitable practices, diversity and inclusion also makes good business sense and greatly enriches our university culture and improves educational and employment outcomes.
Deakin University has a legal and an ethical responsibility to create a campus environment free of discrimination and harassment, and has clear policies to ensure that it fulfils its legal responsibilities and duty of care to the Deakin community.
In partnership with Faculties and Divisions, Equity and Diversity manages a range of equity and diversity programs.
Diversity refers to differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, culture, age, physical ability and religious, political and other beliefs. This diversity enriches our University community and has the capacity to enhance learning and educational opportunities for all.
Equity means responding to this diversity in a way that is flexible and fair rather than treating everyone in the same way. Equity 'levels the playing field' and enables all staff and students to realise their potential, irrespective of background or personal circumstances.
Social inclusion focuses on improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged people in our society, increasing participation in education and employment and giving everyone a voice in building a richer and stronger community.