Diversity and inclusion at Monash

margaret gardner

Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Social justice and inclusion are core to Monash goals and values. Since its foundation this University has striven to foster an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Framework is vital to this endeavour. Aligning with our five-year strategic plan, Focus Monash, this Framework adopts an approach to diversity and inclusion that recognises the richness and depth of individual experience and of our University community.

Celebrating that diversity and respect strengthens this institution and enriches our own Monash experience in turn. By implementing this Framework each of us is helping to create a modern, harmonious global community.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor

Diversity and inclusion framework

Monash University proudly acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which Australian campuses stand and recognise their continuing connection to the land and community. We aim to foster an environment which respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and knowledge, and works towards addressing the legacies of the past.

Diversity and Inclusion at Monash University is underpinned by the Focus Monash Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and the Monash University Ethics Statement. Guided by the vision articulated in these documents our staff and students will reflect the world we are working towards: diverse, inclusive, innovative and sustainable.

We recognise diversity

  • We are committed to social justice and human rights.
  • We respect and value the diversity of our staff and students – who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, of all genders, who are of diverse gender identities, sexes and sexualities, who have a disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition and who are socially or economically disadvantaged.
  • We foster safe communities that celebrate diversity, uniqueness, respect for difference and value the contributions of our staff, students and other stakeholders.

We work inclusively

  • We celebrate and appreciate our staff and student community by providing opportunities to acknowledge the diverse experiences and contributions made by our whole community through training, workshops, networks and awards.
  • We provide inclusive access across the student life-cycle through scholarships, mentoring, pathways, career support and schemes to encourage participation from prospective and current students and alumni so that social, economic, geographical or cultural barriers are not a disadvantage to accessing a Monash education.
  • We promote an inclusive workplace culture where diversity is valued and viewed as a key to innovation and excellence. We support staff across the entire employee life-cycle to facilitate their development.
  • We seek to provide a culturally safe environment where our Indigenous communities and students and staff of all cultural backgrounds are respected and included.
  • We foster accessible and flexible work and study environments for staff and students.
  • We create and review our curricula and pedagogical practices to ensure they are inclusive, respectful and culturally sensitive.
  • We seek to ensure our employment practices and pathways for progression support staff from non-traditional backgrounds
  • We adjust our staff performance measures to recognise achievement relative to opportunity.

We innovate

  • We measure, assess and strive to improve our efforts to provide a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff and students and communicate these efforts throughout the community.
  • We demonstrate our commitment and excellence through external accreditation and acknowledgment of our Diversity and Inclusion achievements.
  • We embrace new ideas or initiatives that foster diversity, inclusion and respect.

We are sustainable

  • We strive to create a University that can evolve, maintain and reflect on our goals, vision and principles.
  • We capture and embrace the diversity of our whole community while maintaining the integrity of the international relationships we hold.
  • We foster meaningful participation of our diverse student voice within policy and decision-making structures.
  • We encourage staff to become champions for Diversity and Inclusion by providing training, time and allocating resources for them to do so.

Our multi-year action plans align with the Diversity and Inclusion Framework and serve to strategically implement our objectives, measure our impact and achievements and deliver outcomes consistent with our strategic plan.

Accreditation

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Athena SWAN
We are enhancing gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

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White Ribbon Workplace
We are an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

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Silver Employer AWEI
We hold a Silver Award from the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTIQ workplace inclusion.

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Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (WGEA)
We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.