Welcome to the Equity and Diversity Office

Southern Cross University is committed to being an inclusive and culturally safe work and study environment where all students and staff are valued. We are proud of the diversity of our staff and students and committed to fostering a diverse, fair and inclusive environment as reflected in the Values stated in the University's Strategic Plan.

We value our engagement with the diverse communities surrounding our campuses and benefit from the knowledge, lived experience and perspectives they bring.

The Equity and Diversity Office provides leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the University's equity, diversity and inclusion agenda.

The Equity and Diversity Office is responsible for:

The Equity and Diversity Office works closely with and provides secretarial support to the University's Equity & Diversity Committee

Equity & Diversity Contacts are available for students or staff who may have a query or concern about an equity or diversity matter.

UniMentor welcomes new students

Last year the largest-ever number of first year students participated in the UniMentor program. 1068 mentees, representing 33% of commencing undergraduate students (on-campus and on-line), joined the program.

Equity & Diversity Office staff have commenced matching new undergraduate students who’ve requested a UniMentor and are starting their studies with us in session 1.

UniMentors are experienced students studying the same (or a similar) course who help new students settle in to life at University. They answer their mentees’ questions, explain how things work and provide all sorts of tips on how to 'survive and thrive'.

Having a UniMentor makes a big difference to a new student’s sense of connection with Southern Cross University. But, don’t take our word for it, here’s some feedback from a 2017 mentee – “My UniMentor was great. Her emails kept me feeling excited about uni and study and she really knew a lot about study and how to encourage me.”

UniMentors gain valuable skills and leadership experience from their involvement in the program. A 2017 mentor told us “I am now confident in my understanding of navigating my way around the University. If I can explain how something is done, I understand it myself. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of my chosen course with students studying the same thing.”

And, the data shows that mentees return to study in their second year at a higher rate than students without a mentor.