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Pride in diversity

Cite Magazine
Issue 22 - Summer 2013

Curtin’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Stirling, says staff dedication and commitment to fairness and equity played a major part in the University being recently named the Highest Ranking University in Australia for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality at the national Pride in Diversity Awards.

Former High Court judge the Hon. Michael Kirby; Curtin Director of Support Services Michelle Rogers; country Victoria footballer Jason Ball; and comedian Bob Downe at the Pride in Diversity Awards event.
From left: Former High Court judge the Hon. Michael Kirby; Curtin Director of Support Services Michelle Rogers; country Victoria footballer Jason Ball; and comedian Bob Downe at the Pride in Diversity Awards event.

Curtin was also ranked 7th in the top 10 employers for LGBTI people, while the University’s Ally program was runner-up for LGBTI Employee Network of the Year. Curtin’s nationally trained Ally network of people is readily available on the Bentley Campus to assist LGBTI staff, students and the Curtin community when needed.

Sheldon Smith, one of Curtin’s Student Equity Advisors, was runner-up in the LGBTI Diversity Champion Award.

Says Stirling: “We are extremely proud of this recognition, as it fits in with our desire to live our values and demonstrate our commitment and openness to people of diverse sexuality and gender identity.”

“If our people succeed, our University succeeds. And our people will only succeed if they can bring their whole selves to work. Anything less would compromise their contribution, and Curtin would have failed to live up to its values.”