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Curtin receives highest ranking for diversity

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Curtin University has been named the Highest Ranking University for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality for the second year running at the national Pride in Diversity (PID) Awards.

Maz Rahman (Curtin University); Dawn Hough (Pride in Diversity); Sheldon Smith (Curtin University); Sally Webster (Curtin University)
Maz Rahman (Curtin University); Dawn Hough (Pride in Diversity); Sheldon Smith (Curtin University); Sally Webster (Curtin University)

Curtin was also ranked second in the top 20 employers for LGBTI employees.

Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, said this was a remarkable feat and she was extremely proud of Curtin’s achievements in this area and of the staff who had worked tirelessly to ensure its success.

“I would also like to extend warm congratulations to Sally Webster from Curtin’s Ethics, Equity and Social Justice team who was named LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Champion,” Vice-Chancellor Terry said.

“Sally has worked to promote and imbed LGBTI inclusion and support at Curtin. Her passion and commitment for engaging others in promoting social justice for LGBTI people has helped create Curtin’s Diverse Sexuality and Gender Identity Inclusion Strategy and the Ally Program.”

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Curtin’s Ally Program was created to help staff, students and community members of diverse sexual and gender identity feel welcome and supported to work and study at the University.

The University’s Diverse Sexuality and Gender Identity Inclusion Strategy is aligned with best practice recognised by PID. It focuses on enhancing Curtin’s inclusiveness of staff, students, and community who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex.

“This is a great achievement for the University and for the LGBTI community it supports. Curtin is proud to promote fairness and equal opportunity for all,” Vice-Chancellor Terry said.

PID is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program to assist employers with the inclusion of LGBT employees.

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  1. Shirlexia Tan says:

    Congrats!

    As an alumni, I’m really especially proud of this achievement by Curtin!

  2. NG says:

    This is not the greatest publicity…

    I wonder is this all that Curtin was working on to promote?

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