Cultural diversity and inclusion

Deakin is committed to promoting cultural diversity and inclusion within and beyond our University community and to preventing racism in its many forms.

We are a proud supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commissions Racism. It Stops with me campaign.

Deakin aspires to achieve cultural diversity in line with the broader Victorian community and for staff and students from all cultural backgrounds to feel welcome, safe and supported to achieve academic or career success.

We want all students and staff to develop cultural competence: to value cultural differences and demonstrate inter-cultural knowledge and skills in their behaviour, pedagogy, workplace practices and in University governance. This will enable us to more fully realise the benefits of cultural diversity, be a leader in higher education and better support and engage with the communities we serve.

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Deakin's Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan (2018-2020) provides the framework to address identified inequities and promote the development of cultural competence for all students and staff.

The following Guiding Principles form the basis of the plan:

  1. Culture: Develop a University culture that values and supports cultural diversity.
  2. Governance: Implement quality governance practices that will support cultural diversity to flourish.
  3. Access and support: Attract and support students and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  4. Education, training and research: Embed knowledge and skills necessary to interact effectively with different cultures for staff and students.

Read the Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan actions (PDF, 2MB)