Diversity Calendar 2018

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Throughout the year, in a variety of ways, the University joins together with the wider community to celebrate our diversity and to learn more about each other. This includes events of national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, cultural and linguistic diversity and gender and sexuality diversity significance.

The 2018 Diversity Calendar is being developed and is regularly updated, please check back here for the latest information.

For more information please contact Senior Equity and Diversity Officer Rob Cumings.

Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations

Tuesday 13 February

The Apology to the Stolen Generations was delivered by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on this day in 2008. The Apology was made in response to recommendations in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report titled “Bringing Them Home”, tabled in Parliament in 1997. 

There will be information and a display in the Library at Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore campuses to acknowledge this significant event.

Find out more about the Apology to the Stolen Generations at the Healing Foundation website.

International Women's Day (IWD)

Thursday 8 March

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Close The Gap Day

Thursday 15 March

Close The Gap Day raises awareness of disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, safe communities, governance and leadership.

Harmony Day 

Wednesday 21 March

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for all who call Australia home - from the traditional custodians to those who have come to this land from around the world.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT Day) 

Thursday 17 May

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT Day) is a day to reflect on the violence and discrimination experienced by many LGBTI people, simply because of who they are.

National Sorry Day & Reconciliation Week

The Bringing Them Home Report, which detailed the painful practice of forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, was tabled in Federal Parliament on what has become known as National Sorry Day. The Report made recommendations in relation to the Stolen Generations including that, through a formal apology, governments of the day should say sorry to those who suffered under these policies.

The report also recommended there be an annual national Sorry Day. Every year the University commemorates National Sorry Day, a day on which Australians express regret for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

National Reconciliation Week is also celebrated each year at the University.This week is an opportunity to join together in the national reconciliation effort and to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

Reconciliation: Living History is Never a Mystery


  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 10:00am - 12:00midday

Lismore: Library Manning Clark Room / University Gardens

Opening of Bundjalung Cultural Map Exhibition / Welcome To Country by Aunty Irene Harrington / Storytelling by Bundjalung Elders / Bush Tucker Walk by Dhinawan

  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 11:00am - 12:00midday

Lismore: H Block, H101. Gold Coast: Building B B5.40. Coffs Harbour: D Block Theatre.

National Sorry Day - the healing continues.

"Sorry Day - it means a lot to us 'Stolen Generations'. I can relate to what happened and the feeling of being taken from family. It's something that we never 'get over' but we learn to live with it, and many thanks to my Elders, I have healed." - Aunty Irene Turnbull.

  • Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 12:00midday - 1:30pm

Lismore: Library Manning Clark Room.

Yarning Circle - an Indigenous Knowledge / Connective art experience presented by Professor Norm Sheehan and Janine Dunleavy from Gnibi Wandarahn.

  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018 from 10:00am - 11:00am

Lismore: Library Manning Clark Room.

Bundjalung Language and Culture with teacher Glen Rhodes.

  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018 from 11:00am - 12:00midday

Lismore: Goodman Plaza. Gold Coast: Building C, C1.35. Coffs Harbour: D Block Theatre and streamed to the University's Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com.user/UniSCU

Southern Cross University's Reconciliation Action Plan - an address by Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker. 

  • Thursday, 31 May 2018 from 11:00am - 12:00midday

Lismore: Library Manning Clark Room.

Living History - an address by Gnibi Wandarahn academic Will Davis.

Refugee Week 

Sunday 17 - Saturday 23 June (World Refugee Day - Wednesday 20 June)

Refugee Week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society. #WithRefugees is the theme of Refugee Week 2018. acknowledging that ensuring safety and protecting refugee rights requires a global movement.

The University will acknowledge World Refugee Day by showing the short (29 minute duration) documentary film "A Sense of Place" featuring interviews with four people from the first group of non-European refugees, from Vietnam, who arrived in Australia. There will be featured speakers at each campus as well. Students and staff are invited to attend this event at;

Lismore campus

  • Wednesday 20 June from 10:00am in the Manning Clark Room, Library.

Coffs Harbour campus

  • Wednesday 20 June from 12:00midday in the M Block, M.LG.13 Lecture Theatre

Gold Coast campus

  • Wednesday 20 June from 10:30am to 11:30am in Building B, B4.28.


Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July

NAIDOC is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to recognise their contributions to our country and society. All staff and students are encouraged to participate in the NAIDOC celebrations at each campus and in the community during July, to take up this opportunity to learn from the world's oldest continuing culture.

Fusion Festival 

Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 August

The Fusion Festival provides an opportunity to acknowledge, learn from and celebrate our diverse communities. It aims to further inter-cultural understandings and communal harmony through cultural exchange and social connection.

Wear It Purple Day 

Friday 31 August

Wear It Purple Day is a day to show young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people that they are supported and respected.