Building an equitable and inclusive organisational culture
We launched our strategy on International Women’s Day 2017 with one of the University’s largest ever staff engagement events. More than 900 people took part in 13 events across our campus. The interest and support for creating real change on gender equity has continued since then, with several Faculties, Departments and Offices forming their own diversity and inclusion committees to drive local gender equity initiatives.
Our first Gender Equity Summit held in September engaged gender equity champions across the University in shaping our ‘fixing the system’ approach, which is driven by evidence and research. In 2018 our all-staff survey will help to understand how and where our culture may be contributing to gender inequality and pinpoint where we need to focus our efforts to create a more inclusive workplace. We are now working with Macquarie researchers with relevant expertise to develop a training package for leaders and members of selection and promotions committees to foster inclusive practice and address issues such as bias (both conscious and unconscious).