by Raelene Ernst (she/her)
Senior Service Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion
‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’
— Albert Einstein.
by Yen Eriksen, Senior Service Consultant - Diversity and Inclusion, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
This week is NAIDOC Week, which marks a significant observance and calls for celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Indigenous leaders in the ANU community consider NAIDOC Week to be a time of celebration and recognition for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people.
On Tuesday 9 March, the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) co-hosted a fantastic panel for International Women’s Day, along with the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute and the ANU-ASD Co-Lab. The panel’s discussion ranged from personal inspiration, to what panellists challenge in their work lives in order to promote equity and inclusion (short version: listen more, stay open to learning, and speak back to cultural elements that are incommensurate with health and wellbeing).
November 8-15 marks NAIDOC week in 2020. NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture, contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. There are NAIDOC week events being run all over Australia. Many events are happening online, making it easier to jump online and get involved.
One of the things I really like about working in higher education is the relatively relaxed work environment. I’m lucky to work with a great bunch of people who work hard, care about their contribution to higher education, and who also enjoy a bit of fun and banter in the office. A lot of us are using a sense of humour to help us cope with the current uncertainties facing the sector and our lives.
We tell jokes and we make fun of each other in a gentle, collegiate way.
Today, 28 August, is the 10th anniversary of Wear It Purple Day.
Wear It Purple started in 2010 as an initiative to show support to at-risk LGBTQIA youth. Ten years ago, Australia’s attitudes towards the LGBTQIA (or Queer) community were very different. Since then a number of laws have been changed that make Australian society safer for Queer people.
If you’re paying attention to the diversity and inclusion space, you’re likely hearing a lot about ‘allies’. For example, ANU has an LGBTQIA+ Ally Network, which works to increase visibility, support, and community for LGBTQIA+ staff and students.
Given allyship is a crucial part of building a diverse and inclusive environment, it’s worth taking some time to unpack what precisely an ally is and what allies do.
This week is a guest post by College superstar PhD student, Ellen Lynch. On 13 July Ellen co-facilitated a session on inclusive teaching practices, led by the ANU Centre for Learning and Teaching, a wonderful unit dedicated to supporting innovative education at ANU. This post is Ellen’s reflection on the session, which was attended by more than 70 ANU College of Engienering and Computer Science (CECS) educators.