UWA aspires to provide an equitable and inclusive environment for all staff, students and the broader community we engage with.
Equity is a fundamental element of the UWA vision and is a core value in the University’s Strategic Plan. The maintenance of an equitable and inclusive campus is fundamental to UWA’s vision of being considered one of the world’s top 50 universities by 2050.
The Equity and Diversity unit provides strategic advice to management and the University Executive on opportunities to address barriers to equity and inclusion in the workplace and campus community.
Current areas of focus include:
- striving for equitable gender representation within the academy and in our senior workforce
- supporting a culturally competent and inclusive campus
- supporting the mental health wellbeing of staff and students
We advocate and work for a University community that is aware and informed, tolerant of diversity, and intellectually and emotionally comfortable with difference. We support staff and students in the development of gender and cultural competence, a core element of the UWA Educational Principles.
- Disability, impairment and mental health
- The University is committed to dismantling structural, attitudinal, and environmental barriers that limit the opportunity for staff or students with an impairment or health condition to contribute and fully realise their potential.
- Diverse sexualities and genders
- The University of Western Australia is committed to providing leadership and vision in the areas of diverse sexualities and genders, and actively supports staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI).
- Gender equity
- Gender equity refers to the University’s commitment to ensuring that women and men have the maximum opportunity to achieve their potential at UWA.
- Race, ethnicity, culture and religion
- UWA is committed to producing graduates that, in line with our educational principles, are intellectually and emotionally comfortable with difference and culturally competent.
- Conduct in the workplace
- At The University of Western Australia there is a direct relationship between conduct expected of our people and the explicit core values of the institution.
- Inclusive campus culture
- UWA aims to create a vibrant and positive environment by encouraging staff to practice respect, diversity, inclusiveness and fairness in all professional and personal interactions. The Equity and Diversity unit is an integral part of the Inclusive Campus Culture strategy that aims to raise awareness of University values.
- Professional development
- We offer workshops and staff development using internationally recognised programs and resources that can be incoporated into workplace practice, teaching programs or interaction with students and and the wider community.
- Projects and initiatives
- Through grants, strategies and projects the University promotes equity and cultural diversity.
- Policies and legislation
- Equity and Diversity advocates for and creates policies and procedures that encourage a positive and fair environment for all staff and students at the University.
The University of Western Australia acknowledges that it is situated on Noongar Land, and that the Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.