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Gender & Sexuality Diversity

Southern Cross University is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from harassment and discrimination which embraces and supports an understanding of and respect for diversity.

The University acknowledges and actively supports lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) staff and students.

Student Equity & Inclusion engages with LGBTIQ+ communities and external organisations on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues, particularly in relation to the student experience.

The Southern Cross University Enterprise Agreement includes "same sex partner" in its definition of family, for the purposes of an employee's leave entitlements.

Student Equity & Inclusion facilitates Understanding Gender & Sexuality Diversity training for staff to enhance their understandings and abilities to work successfully with LGBTIQ+ students and colleagues.

LGBTIQ+ students and staff are supported by an Ally Network at the University. 

Each year, the University's Diversity Calendar includes acknowledgement of the following important LGBTIQ+ events;

  • International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT Day). A day to reflect on and draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people.
  • Wear It Purple Day A day to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are supported and respected.

Ally Network members at Tropical Fruits 2019 Pride Parade in Lismore

“Southern Cross University’s approach to LGBTI Inclusion sets a great example of how inclusion programs can assist in preventing harassment and discrimination right across an educational institution.  The programs in place at Southern Cross are designed to promote inclusion of LGBTI staff and students alike and as such reap the benefits and richness of broad organisational diversity, tolerance and acceptance.  A core group of staff at Southern Cross have provided excellent leadership in championing a range of diversity programs to support a rich and inclusive workforce and campus life for students and I congratulate them on their efforts.”

Michael Tizard

Regional Manager Northern Rivers

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