LGBTIQ+ Community

The Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community is a network of LGBTIQ+ staff and students and allies that supports the culture and visibility of the LGBTIQ+ community at Deakin and externally.

The LGBTIQ+ Community aims to:

  • create a university culture that welcomes everyone
  • provide a safe and inclusive environment for all staff and students
  • promote awareness and understanding of issues affecting people of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities
  • promote acceptance of the LGBTIQ+ community to avoid homophobia, transphobia and discrimination
  • remain informed of the University policies that are relevant to the LGBTIQ+ community
  • encourage Deakin students' participation in an education that appreciates and values people of all gender identities and sexual orientations
  • actively participate in community events to celebrate Deakin’s diverse population.

The Community supports the goals established in Deakin University’s Strategic Plan LIVE the future 2020. Integral to LIVE the future is the goal to nurture the personal development and wellbeing for students and staff – to foster a vibrant and inclusive culture which crosses discipline and organisational boundaries.

What does the LGBTIQ+ Community do?

The Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community celebrates the diversity of our members. We acknowledge LGBTIQ+ significant days and hold events that increase the visibility and engagement of our community. This includes sponsorship of LGBTIQ+ activities outside Deakin.

As a member of the LGBTIQ+ Community, you will receive regular email communications and will have the opportunity to be involved in activities including:

  • celebrations such as Pride March, International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOBIT) and Wear it Purple
  • planning Community activities
  • informal meetings and gatherings.

LGBTIQ+ Community Operations Team

The LGBTIQ+ Community operation team is appointed by Diversity and Inclusion to ensure the functioning of the Community. The operation team is responsible for designing organising and delivering engaging activities to increase the participation of the community and visibility. The operation team has specific roles that sit under the responsibility of the Diversity and Inclusion Unit. These roles are outlined in the position descriptions and are on ongoing positions.

The LGBTIQ+ Community operations team reports to the Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Mel Martinelli, as well as the members of the network.

LGBTIQ+ Community Operations Team structure:

  • Senior Diversity and Inclusion Project Adviser: Ramon Martinez-Mendoza
  • LGBTIQ+ Community Officer: Lian Low
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officer: Felicity Thyer
  • Senior Diversity and Inclusion Adviser:  Peter Osborne

Succession plan:

  1. The role of the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Project Adviser, LGBTIQ+ Community Officer, Diversity and Inclusion (Events) Officer and Senior Diversity and Inclusion Adviser sit under the responsibility of the Diversity and Inclusion Unit. These roles are outlined in the position descriptions and are on ongoing positions.
  2. Ongoing recruitment of new community members is undertaken through increasing the visibility of the network in particular at Open Days, induction and training sessions, celebration of significant days and Deakin sponsorship and support of external LGBTIQ community activities.

Events and engagement

Days and events celebrated during the year include:

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility
  • Pride Week
  • IDAHOBIT
  • International Non-Binary Day
  • Wear it Purple day
  • Pride March

Deakin also sponsors a number of LGBTIQ+ activities and events, recently including:

Join the LGBTIQ+ Community

LGBTIQ+ Community members are staff and students who align themselves with, and advocate on behalf of, staff and students of diverse sexes, sexuality and gender. The Community can be joined by any staff member or student. There is no commitment; you can be as involved as you like. You will receive occasional emails from the LGBTIQ+ Community, notifying you of news and events.

If you would like to become involved, please email lgbtiq@deakin.edu.au

Volunteering

Deakin staff can access eight hours of paid volunteering leave through DeakinPeople in any not for profit organisation. Please consider some of the following LGBTIQ+ organisations to be part of:

  • Minus 18+
  • Geelong Rainbow Inc
  • Thorne Harbour Health – Former Victorian Aids Council
  • Out For Australia
  • LGBTIQ+ Community Operation team appointments: The LGBTIQ+ Community operation team is appointed by Diversity and Inclusion to ensure the functioning of the Community. The operation team is responsible for designing organising and delivering engaging activities to increase the participation of the community and visibility. The operation team has specific roles that sit under the responsibility of the Diversity and Inclusion Unit. These roles are outlined in the position descriptions and are on ongoing positions.
  • The LGBTIQ+ Community operations team reports to the Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Mel Martinelli, as well as the members of the network.

If you are a staff member and would like Deakin to include an LGBTIQ+ not-for-profit organisation for volunteering send an email to staff-volunteer@deakin.edu.au asking for the 1806 volunteering template and forward it to the non-for profit organisation.

LGBTIQ+ Working Group

A broad student and staff LGBTIQ+ Working Group supports the implementation of the University’s LGBTIQ+ Plan 2017–2020 and related policy development. The Working Group includes over 50 students and staff members.

There is also an LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee, supported by six smaller project teams. The Committee reviews and contributes to the University’s progress in implementing the LGBTIQ+ Plan and provides advice to the Director, Diversity and Inclusion. The Committee will liaise with the broader Working Group in undertaking its role.

LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee

The LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee meets four times per year to:

  • provide advice to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion on the guiding principles and actions in the LGBTIQ+ Action Plan
  • identify appropriate strategies to achieve actions in the Plan
  • provide feedback on draft policy and guidelines to support LGBTIQ+ staff and students
  • identify issues of concern to LGBTIQ+ staff and students and areas of University operations for enhancement or improvement. This is achieved initially through six different project teams: Inclusive Curriculum, International Student Engagement, Facilities, Community Outreach, LGBTIQ+ Network and Pride in Sport
  • consult with the LGBTIQ+ Working Group in formulating advice to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and recommendations for action
  • be a reference point for Diversity and Inclusion to lead positive change in the LGBTIQ+ Deakin experience for staff and students.

LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee Appointments

The LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee is appointed every two years considering the following selection criteria:

  • CO- CHAIR (1) Staff: Must be a staff member and member of the LGBTIQ+ Community, with knowledge and experience in leadership and negotiation skills
    • Responsible for leading the Committee and chairing Committee meetings, in conjunction with the CoChair.
    • Ensure appropriate consultation with the Working Group in relation to the outcomes of the work undertaken by the Committee
    • Present the reports and recommendations of the Committee to the Director Diversity and Inclusion as well as to the Working Group Members
    • Call for new applications for the election of the LGBTIQ+ Committee members and project groups when required.
  • CO-CHAIR (1) Student: The student Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee is the  DUSA Queer Officer.
    • Represent the Deakin University Student Association in the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee
    • Responsible for leading the Committee and chairing Committee meetings, in conjunction with the Chair
    • Ensure appropriate consultation with the Working Group in relation to the outcomes of the work undertaken by the Committee
    • Present the reports and recommendations of the Committee to the Director Diversity and Inclusion as well as to the Working Group Members
  • DEPUTY CHAIR (1): Must be an academic/staff member of the LGBTIQ+ Community.
    • Second the Chair in their absence
    • Provide academic knowledge in matters related to the LGBTIQ+ Action Plan
  • SECRETARY (1): Must be a staff member with organisational skills and ability to work closely with other team members.
    • Work in collaboration with Diversity and Inclusion Officer to organise Committee meetings and agenda
    • Review meeting minutes
    • Provide updates to the Committee
  • STUDENTS MEMBERS (2): Must be a current Deakin student with experience in community liaison and involvement with extracurricular activities
    • Provide a student point of view in relation of LGBTIQ+ matters within the University
    • Contribute student perspectives to the development of reports and recommendations arising from the Committee
  • STAFF MEMBERS (2): Must be a current Deakin staff member with a working knowledge of in policy development and LGBTIQ+  matters
    • Provide staff point of view in relation of LGBTIQ+ matters within the University
    • Contribute staff perspectives to the development of reports and recommendations arising from the Committee

Succession plan:

  1. If one of the members of the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee can no longer serve the two year period, the Committee will call for nominations to fill this role
  2. The duration of the LGBTIQ+ Project Teams is 2 years. If the Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader can no longer serve the two year period the Committee will call for applications to fill the role
  3. The call for new applications will be extended to all Working Group members and LGBTIQ+ Community Network members
  4. The panel selection for members of the LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee consists of: Diversity and Inclusion Director, LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee Chair and Co-Chair and  Senior Diversity and Inclusion Project Adviser
  5. The panel selection for members of the LGBTIQ+ Project Teams consists of LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee Chair and Co-Chair and Senior Diversity and Inclusion Project Adviser

Reporting

The LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee reports to the Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Mel Martinelli, who will in turn reports to the Executive, Chief Operating Officer Kean Selway. The Committee receives support from Diversity and Inclusion in terms of organisation and LGBTIQ+ Action Plan updates.

The Advisory Committee also reports to the LGBTIQ+ Working Group members and seeks input in the reports and recommendations that it prepares.

LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee members

Co-Chair: Professor Bernie Marshall, Dean of Students

Co-Chair: Vanessa Agar, DUSA Queer Officer

Deputy Chair: Dr Amie O’Shea, Research Fellow, Faculty of Health

Secretary: Andrew Brown, Research Fellow, Faculty of Health

Student Members:
Danielle Wu
Hannah Moorhead

Staff Members:
Kim Jane Turudia, Medical Service Practice Manager
Tom Molyneux, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Officer, Faculty of Business and Law

LGBTIQ+ Project Teams

The LGBTIQ+ Advisory Committee is supported by six Project Teams, each of which focuses on one of the key areas for development in the LGBTIQ+ Plan. The teams work on developing evidence, ideas and potential plans that are presented to the Advisory Committee. The Committee works with the team leaders to finalise these proposals for presentation to the Director, Diversity and Inclusion, to discuss the implementation of these proposals and the resources required.

LGBTIQ+ Working Group members are welcome to participate in any of the six Project Teams and should contact the Team Leader or Deputy to express their interest in the group.

Inclusive Curriculum

Team Leader: Daniel Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Writing and Editing, Faculty of Arts and Education
Deputy Leader: Joshua Badge, Senior Academic, Faculty of Arts and Education

International Student Engagement

Team Leader: vacant (expressions of interest welcome)
Deputy Leader: Renee Bennett, Learning Designer, Faculty of Health

Facilities

Team Leader: Dr Brandy Cochrane, Associate Lecturer in Criminology, Faculty of Arts and Education
Deputy Leader: Lee Taube, Student

Community Outreach

Team Leader: Dr Maria Pallota-Chiarolli, Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity in Health and Education, School of Health and Social Development
Deputy Leader: vacant (expressions of interest welcome)

LGBTIQ+ Network (focused on participation in events)

Team Leader: Summer Yu, Graduate Talent Development Adviser, Graduate Employment Division
Deputy Leader: Joshua McFarlane, Student

Pride in Sports

Team/Deputy Leader: both vacant (expressions of interest welcome: email lgbtiq@deakin.edu.au)

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