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Professor Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor, welcomes nominations for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognise students and staff who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash. This focuses on students and staff who have gone above and beyond to further inclusion, connection and belonging for people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

Professor Margaret Gardner will distribute the awards at the annual Vice-Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards ceremony.

Read more about the 2017 award ceremony


In 2018, there is a total of $15,000 with individual amounts of up to $5,000 per award (allocations determined by the selection committee).

These awards recognise programs and initiatives that support the ethos of the Focus Monash Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020 commitment to seek talented students and staff, irrespective of social or economic circumstances and build a connected community of students and staff in a diverse university that is deeply engaged with the wider community.


The awards are open to staff and students of Monash University including:

  • Academic and professional staff (full-time, part-time, casual and sessional)
  • Monash University students (full-time or part-time)
  • Group projects (team, committee or work unit)

Nominations must be beyond the regular scope of a nominees position at Monash, and must exceed the role of volunteer in a program or initiative.

Areas for recognition

Nominations should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Education

    Developing teaching practice, curricula and programs that foster inclusion for a diverse range of students

  • Environment

    Building and supporting inclusion and diversity at Monash, and positively influencing the learning and/or working environment

  • Community

    Engaging with the wider community to encourage participation by disadvantaged and marginalised groups


Who can nominate

Staff and students are welcome to nominate each other for awards. Before you go through the nomination process, please be mindful of our rules:

  • you cannot nominate yourself for an individual award
  • you cannot nominate a group for an award if you're already part of that group.

If you wish to be nominated, you may ask a Monash staff member or student to nominate you or your group.

Nominations have now closed.

Selection criteria

The Selection Committee will assess all nominations based on the following criteria:

Diversity and Inclusion goals

The extent to which the program or initiative has been designed to promote and support diversity and inclusion at Monash University, such as access, participation and connection for students and/or staff.


The extent to which the program or initiative has benefitted students, staff or the broader community.


The level of creativity, imagination, and innovation demonstrated within the program or initiative.

Selection Committee

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards selection committee is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) and comprises:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) (or nominee)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) (or nominee)
  • Chief Human Resources Officer, Monash HR (or nominee)
  • Executive Director, Campus Community Division (or nominee)
  • Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) student representative
  • Monash Student Organisation (MSA) student representative
  • MONSU Caulfield student representative
  • Monash Parkville Student Union (MPSU) student representative
  • MONSU Peninsula student representative

2017 Award Winners

Contact us

For enquiries please contact:

Whitney Etheve | Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion

9905 9499