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

Friday 27 May / 27 May - 3 June

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 this 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. On 26 May 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 celebrated each year between 27 May and 3 June.This week is an opportunity to join together in the national reconciliation effort and to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

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. Inspired by the second verse of the Australian national anthem "With Courage Let Us All Combine", the theme of Refugee Week celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.

The University acknowledges the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.


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.