Gender & Sexuality Diversity

Wearing It Purple at Lismore campus 2015

"Congratulations on what you have achieved with LGBTI inclusion at Southern Cross University. Your work has consistently demonstrated leadership and creativity in effecting positive change for a more inclusive campus life for everyone and LGBTI staff and students in particular.

We consider the Equity & Diversity Office and the University more broadly as a key stakeholder for ACON's work in the Northern Rivers and Coffs Harbour regions."
Marie Reilly, Regional Manager, ACON Northern Rivers

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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 (LGBTI) staff and students.

The Equity & Diversity Office engages with LGBTIQ+ communities and external organisations on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues, particularly in relation to student and staff 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.

The Equity & Diversity Office offers Understanding Gender & Sexuality Diversity training for staff to enhance their understandings and abilities to work successfully with LGBTIQ+ colleagues and students.

LGBTIQ+ students or staff are supported by an Ally Network at the University. They may also contact an Equity & Diversity Contact to discuss any equity or discrimination matters they perceive or experience.

Each year, as part of the SCU Diversity Calendar, the University acknowledges the following important LGBTIQ+ events.

Safe Place Program

The University has developed a network of LGBTI Safe Places which aim to create a sense of safety, connection and inclusivity for LGBTI people. The Safe Place Program is a way the University visibly demonstrates that it is welcoming and supportive of members of the LGBTI community. Safe Places are located at:

Coffs Harbour campus

  • Student Hub, M Block
  • Library, E1 Block
  • Student Counselling Service, F Block
  • Coffs Harbour Students Association 
  • National Marine Science Centre, 2 Bay Drive, Charlesworth Bay, Coffs Harbour

Gold Coast campus

  • Student Hub, Level 1, Building A
  • Library, Building C

Lismore campus

  • Equity & Diversity Office, Goodman Plaza
  • Student Centre, X Block, Goodman Plaza
  • Library, Goodman Plaza
  • SCU Law Students Society Room, L Block, L113
  • LEXSA office, Goodman Plaza

 For more information please contact Head, Equity and Diversity Nicola Best.