Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

a group of diverse students

Educational institutions are places where students can learn to interact, socialise and work respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds. Southern Cross University is committed to being an inclusive and culturally safe work and study environment that values, supports and benefits from the diversity of its communities.

The University's Strategic Plan includes in its Mission Statement:

  • We equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens. We do this by creating inspirational and engaged learning experiences by staff who actively practise scholarship.
  • We extend internationally recognised educational opportunities for our diverse student body, including those from rural and regional communities.
  • We create and apply knowledge in partnership with our communities in fields that are regionally relevant and globally significant.

Principles for a Culturally Diverse Society

Southern Cross University has adopted, from the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW (CRC), the following principles of multiculturalism;

Principle 1

All individuals in NSW should have the greatest possible opportunity to contribute to, and participate in, all levels of public life in which they may legally participate.

Principle 2

All individuals and institutions should respect and make provision for the culture, language and religion of others within an Australian legal and institutional framework where English is the common language.

Principle 3

All individuals should have the greatest possible opportunity to make use of and participate in relevant activities and programs provided or administered by the Government of New South Wales.

Principle 4

All institutions of New South Wales should recognise the linguistic and cultural assets in the population of New South Wales as a valuable resource and promote this resource to maximise the development of the State.

Diversity & Inclusion

Throughout the year, the University and wider communities join together to celebrate our diversity and to learn more about each other. Events relating to cultural diversity and inclusion are included in the University's annual Diversity Calendar.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can internationalise their educational experience by studying overseas at one of our partner universities.

The University welcomes students from more than 80 countries throughout the world. In 2013 and 2014 SCU International was ranked number one in Australia for their support to international students by the International Student Barometer.

Southern Cross University is a Human Rights Commission Racism. It Stops With Me campaign supporter organisation. We commit to undertake activities to challenge racist attitudes and to educate about racism and its detrimental effects to all of society.