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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 (LGBTIQ+) 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 and 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, 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.