Training & Development
A range of professional development opportunities is available to staff to broaden their understandings, enhance their cultural competence and develop their skill-set.
Throughout the year, staff are encouraged to participate in the University's Diversity Calendar events. These events, relating to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, cultural & linguistic diversity and gender & sexuality diversity, are held at the University's Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore campuses.
Staff members, as a requirement of their contract of employment, must complete EO Online.
All new staff members should prioritise completing this online training as soon as possible after commencement of their employment.
EO Online is an interactive online equal opportunity workshop which aims to provide staff with a better understanding of equal opportunity and its application at the University.
The program promotes awareness of discrimination and harassment issues and provides and understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities of staff.
EO Online is presented in two modules. All staff members are required to complete Module 1.
Staff who have managerial or supervisory responsibilities are required to complete Modules 1 and 2. Each module takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
Online resources relating to Cultural Competency are available to staff through the University's Professional Learning Centre.
Ochre Online is a self-paced, interactive workshop that provides staff with an opportunity to increase their Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness and competency.
The Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Practice Toolkit provides guidance and resources to promote culturally inclusive, respectful relationships and interactions with other staff and students.
Courageous Conversations About Race
Courageous Conversations About Race is an interactive one day workshop which examines race, racism, 'whiteness' and 'privilege' and how these concepts contribute to race-based inequities and power relationships. This workshop enriches participants' cultural competency to work with staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
The workshop uses a combination of real life narratives and stories and values-based activities to allow for a deep, active and sustained engagement with issues of cultural diversity, racism and community harmony. It requires participants to reflect on their own consciousness of race, its impact on their lives and the complexities of race in society.
The key conceptual elements that make this workshop unique are:
- facilitating an honest conversation about race in contemporary Australia, as a community and within the higher education context,
- understanding that 'whiteness' and 'privilege' contribute directly to race-based inequity, and
- using the insights gained from the above to drive societal, personal and cultural change.
Staff may apply to participate in these workshops via the Professional Learning Centre.
For further information, please contact the Head, Equity & Diversity Nicola Best.
Understanding Gender & Sexuality Diversity
Developed and facilitated by the Equity & Diversity Office, this half-day workshop aims to;
- inform staff about the lived experiences of people of diverse sexualities and gender identities, and
- assist with creating understandings and promoting a more inclusive environment at the University.
The workshop uses a combination of real life narratives and stories and values-based activities to allow for a self-reflective engagement with issues of gender and sexuality diversity.
This workshop is open to all staff and is offered at Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore campuses.