Diversity bits and bytes: community and culture in CECS

What type of ally are you? »

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. 

Inclusive education at CECS »

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. 

Creating a 'call in' culture »

If you spend any amount of time on social media platforms, you’ve likely seen, or heard about someone getting ‘called out’.

‘Calling out’ usually goes something like this:

Building an anti-racist workplace culture »

Racism has been front and centre of the news lately. 

If you consume any kind of mainstream or social media, you will have seen the mass Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the USA, and related protests against Indigenous deaths in custody here in Australia. 

Explainer: Intersex, Nonbinary, Trans, and pronouns »

Conventional wisdom tells us that there are boys and girls. Boys and girls then invariably grow into men and women. Very simple. 

Nope, sorry! Sex and gender is way more complicated than that. Let’s unpack it a bit.

Why does diversity and inclusion matter in tech? »

At the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, all of our research and education activities are geared around building technology of some kind. The sciencey bits of tech are awesome. I love hearing from students and researchers about clever AI and ever-improving renewable energy tech. 

Tech is fun. Tech is tinkering and finding and fixing and breaking and building. It’s playing with things and finding out how stuff works and then finding out how to get stuff to work better. 

Privilege and allyship »

Privilege has become a bit of a lightning rod recently. I’ve seen ‘privileged’ used as an insult. I’ve seen ‘check your privilege’ thrown at people genuinely trying to engage in conversations in online spaces. You can even take a (very problematic) Buzzfeed Quiz that will tell you how privileged you are, in a score out of 100 points!

National Reconciliation Week, part 3: thinking about Reconciliation in CECS »

Today is the final day of National Reconciliation Week for 2020.

I hope you have all found some time and space to engage with Reconciliation Week, and have been thinking about how you can continue to contribute. 

We're rounding out the week by hearing how some of the people in our College have been engaging with reconciliation week, and what it means to them.




National Reconciliation Week, part 2: the other 51 weeks »

National Reconciliation Week is difficult to talk about in an organisation in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are underrepresented in both our staff and student cohorts. This is an uncomfortable reality for us at all times, and National Reconciliation Week highlights that our little bubble is a long way from representing the broader community.

National Reconciliation Week, part 1: context of colonialism »

Today is 27 May 2020. It’s the first day of National Reconciliation Week. The 2020 theme for Reconciliation Week is: In this together

Indigenous Australia is one of the most complex areas of diversity and inclusion to discuss. We can’t cover this in one post, and we can’t even begin to talk about the significance of Indigenous Australia in the CECS disciplines and community, without acknowledging the history and current state of affairs for Indigenous Australians.


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