Activities and events

Deakin hosts and takes part in many key activities and events on and off campus each year, to promote and highlight key days of significance and the importance of diversity of our community.

Highlighting the importance of diversity

Our events are built upon our commitment to bring together staff, students and the wider community to celebrate our diversity, reflect on the past and build an inclusive environment for all. Discover what’s on and how you can be involved.

Important dates

International Women's Day

Tuesday 8 March 2022

International Women's Day recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Find out how Deakin is supporting female staff and students through the Gender Equity Action Plan.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Tuesday 17 May

May 17 marks the date the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Deakin runs its own events to acknowledge IDAHOBIT each year and celebrate LGBTIQA+ people globally.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

Friday 27 May–Friday 3 June

Deakin is proud to be part of National Reconciliation Week each year – time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.


Sunday 3–Sunday 10 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Deakin each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Deakin celebrates NAIDOC week with events and our annual NAIDOC week art competition.

National Science Week

National Science Week

Saturday 13–Sunday 21 August

Each year, organisations including Deakin and other universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and more participate in National Science Week – an annual celebration of all things science and technology.

Wear it Purple Day

Friday 26 August

Deakin wears purple to celebrate Wear it Purple Day, an annual LGBTIQA+ awareness day that highlights the importance of creating safe and inclusive environments for our young LGBTIQ+ people.

World Access to Higher Education Day

Thursday 17 November

World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) is the only established global initiative tackling issues of inequity in access and student success in higher education. Deakin is committed to expanding tertiary education, employment and research opportunities to all. Find out more about our student access and equity initiatives.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Friday 25 November–Saturday 10 December

During the 16 Days of Activism, the Deakin community unites to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes, and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good.

Social Inclusion Week

Saturday 19–Sunday 27 November

Social Inclusion Week aims to connect communities, workplaces, family and friends by addressing isolation and marginalised groups within the community


We collaborate with internal, external and community partners to enhance Deakins commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Geelong Cats

Geelong Cats

Deakin and the Geelong Cats partner together to celebrate our diverse community through campaigns such as International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), International Day of People with Disability and Wear it Purple. Deakin proudly sponsored the Geelong Cats AFLW Pride Round in 2022.

We also partner with Deakin Cats Community Centre to promote sensory awareness and strengthen research partnerships within the community.

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