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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WEEK 2019

7–11 October

About the week

Underpinned by the Diversity and Inclusion Framework, the week celebrates our diverse community and strengthens our inclusive culture. It’s about helping to create an environment of involvement, respect and connection through sharing and learning from one another.

Join us for a range of events and activities through the week!

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There are events throughout the week for students, staff and the wider community.

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  • Monash MS 24 Hour Mega Swim

    Day Sat 5 – Sun 6 Oct
    Time 10am Sat – 11am Sun
    Venue Doug Ellis Swimming Pool, Monash Sport, 42 Scenic Boulevard

    The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a team relay event for people of all ages and abilities. Teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for the number of laps swum and the money raised for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. So come and join in the fun, and help us raise money for MS!

    Register now

  • Cultural Identity Art Exhibition opening

    Day Sun 6 Oct
    Time 8–10pm
    Venue Jackomos Hall Common Room, Level 1, 44 College Walk

    The Cultural Identity Art Exhibition aims to share different perspectives and experiences in a timeless manner through the media of narrative and photography. Come and learn what culture means to other people and how the differences can affect different living experiences.

  • Movie screening: The Australian Dream

    Day Monday
    Time 11am – 1pm and 4–6pm
    Venue Campus cinema, Campus Centre (opposite Artichoke and Whitebait)

    Using the stunning athleticism of Adam Goodes at the peak of his powers, and the AFL itself as a backdrop, The Australian Dream prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past.

    Register now

  • Culture Connect Connection Cafe

    Day Monday
    Time 1–3pm
    Venue SSAF Marquee

    At Culture Connect, we match international and domestic students for fun catch-ups and conversations. We like to celebrate our members and welcome new ones! We’re hosting the Connection Café, with free food, coffee, fun activities, and the chance to win some great prizes. We’ll broaden your horizons, sharpen those intercultural skills, and introduce you to the wonderful global community at Monash!

    Register now

  • Self-defence class

    Day Monday
    Time 4.30 – 6pm
    Venue Building W, Level 2, Group Fitness Studio W2.09

    Take charge of your own safety and attend this free self-defence session at Monash Sport Peninsula. We invite all staff and students to come along and experience a night of fitness fun while learning techniques to increase confidence, self-respect and street awareness. The class is run by professionals from WGKA Langwarrin.

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  • African Society Culture Fest

    Day Monday
    Time 6–8pm
    Venue TBA

    An exciting and inspiring chance to experience and engage with African culture. We'll be hosting the beautiful Ruva Songbird, who will be performing live, as well as captivating African dancers. So come and enjoy an enthralling cultural experience and meet with the rest of the African Community at Monash.

  • Instagramming a Queer Account(ing)

    Day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    Time All day
    Venue Building H, Level 1, Rm H110

    A week-long open-air and interactive art installation illustrating a queer account(ing) through images and audience participation. The installation consists of printed images from the queering_accounting Instagram account, creating a physical representation that asks passers-by to engage in a storytelling dialogue. Additional images posted by the audience on Instagram (using hashtag #queeringaccounting) will be added to the installation during the week.

  • MONSU Diversity & Inclusion Week

    Day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Time 11am – 2pm
    Venue Building U

    Come to Building U between 11am and 2pm every day for free food, fun and activities and help us celebrate our diverse community and strengthen our inclusive culture by sharing and learning from one another.

  • This Is an Invitation

    Day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Time All day
    Venue Caulfield Library, ground floor

    This Is an Invitation ... to get to know the multicultural community of students currently at Monash. We're inviting students to share glimpses into their lives by creating postcards of thoughtful places, favourite foods or exciting experiences from home, wherever home may be. This is a way to gather many stories and awaken the curiosity and mystery that all of us have about the things we like and remember.

  • First in Family Panel: a Student Life Cycle

    Day Tuesday
    Time 10–11.30am
    Venue Premiers Room, Main Pavilion, Monash Sport, 42 Scenic Boulevard

    What’s it like to be the first in your family to attend university? Come and hear a keynote speech from Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, followed by a panel of current University students who are at various stages in their studies. You’ll learn about the unique highlights and challenges experienced by first-in-family students. Morning tea is provided.

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  • Caring for yourself – a workshop for carers by Carers Victoria

    Day Tuesday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue Dean's Conference Room (H10.05), Building H, Level 10

    Do you take better care of the person you’re caring for than yourself? If the answer is yes, you’ll benefit from this workshop. We’ll explore why your health and wellbeing are important and discuss and share strategies to help you care for yourself. Topics include ‘Why caring for ourselves is so important’ and ‘What stops us caring for ourselves?’. Morning tea will be provided.

    Register now

  • Crafting Intersectional Futures

    Day Tuesday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue Wholefoods, Campus Centre, Level 2

    Come and practise empathy, solidarity and belonging in an interactive storytelling workshop with Jordan Brown. Together, we’ll experiment in crafting our stories of shared structural barriers, current strengths, and future actions within the Monash community, creating a community quilt that will be displayed across our campuses. All skill levels and stories welcome. Morning tea will be provided.

    Register now

  • Curiositea

    Day Tuesday
    Time 10.30am – 12.30pm
    Venue Deck near Building N

    MONSU Caulfield, in collaboration with Monash University, invites students from all backgrounds to come down and learn more about sexual diversity, sex, gender identity and the LGBTIQ+/Queer community at Monash. There will be food, tea and coffee, face painting, and a chance for queer and non-queer students to learn and develop.

  • Prudence Melom: E-Raced

    Day Tuesday
    Time 12–1pm
    Venue Monash MPavilion, 26 Ancora Imparo Way

    Prudence Melom arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2007 only speaking two words of English. Now, she's the CEO of the non-profit organisation, E-Raced. An advocate for social change, Prudence believes we can eliminate racism through storytelling, one story at a time. Prudence will share her personal story of becoming a refugee and her work with E-Raced.

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  • Disability – The Lived Experience

    Day Tuesday
    Time 12–1pm
    Venue Marquee on the Green

    Monash University, in conjunction with the City of Glen Eira, proudly present Disability – The Lived Experience. Three presenters, all with a different lived experience of disability, will share their unique stories.

    A free light lunch will be provided. Registrations close on 1 October.

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  • Wheel of Diversity

    Day Tuesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue MONSU Student Lounge

    Come along and test your trivia knowledge on all things diverse! Spin the wheel, answer a question (with lots of support and encouragement from our friendly chaplains), and win a free coffee voucher to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion Week!

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Comics and Illustration

    Day Tuesday
    Time 1–3pm
    Venue Building G, Level 1, Rm G1.02

    The Monash Drawing Club is hosting this panel on the importance of diversity in comics and illustration. Artists and illustrators will share their own work processes, discuss writing and depiction of people, and give insights on how students can be more inclusive in their work. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with the panellists after the event.

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  • Chai and Chill – a discussion on gender (in)equity and poverty within the garment industry

    Day Tuesday
    Time 2.30 – 4pm
    Venue Wholefoods, Campus Centre, Level 2

    Ground-breaking research by Oxfam has shown that the women making our clothes are trapped in a cycle of poverty, no matter how hard they work. Oxfam at Monash invites you to join a discussion about gender (in)equity and poverty within the garment industry and meet our new committee. Chai tea and cookies will be provided.

  • Intentional Allies

    Day Tuesday
    Time 3.30 – 5.30pm
    Venue M2 Lecture Theatre, 37 Rainforest Walk

    Would you like to learn more about being an Intentional Ally? Intentional Allies consciously address their own bias and proactively modify their behaviour to create an inclusive culture. They provide crucial support for people in underrepresented groups, helping to create a better culture and community, where everyone can be authentic in a respectful environment.

    Our panel will share information about becoming an Intentional Ally, and discuss their experiences in gender, reconciliation, and LGBTIQ+ issues.

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  • The Song Keepers

    Day Tuesday
    Time 5.30 – 7.30pm
    Venue Campus Marquee

    In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, sacred poetry and Baroque music is being preserved by the four generations of song women who make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. With the help of their charismatic conductor, they embark on a historic tour of Germany, taking back the hymns given to their great-grandparents by German missionaries, now sung in their own Aboriginal languages.

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  • What They See: Effective Role Modelling 101

    Day Wednesday
    Time 11am – 12pm
    Venue New Horizons, 20 Research Way, Rm 407 and 408

    ‘They can’t be what they can’t see’ – but what do they need to see to follow your lead? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to be an effective role model so that you have confidence that ‘when they see you, they see their future’.

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  • One World Festival Lunch

    Day Wednesday
    Time 11am – 2pm
    Venue Cossar Hall Mural Section, Building 40

    One World Festival Lunch celebrates the cultural diversity at Monash with a view to encourge better cross-cultural awareness and understanding. There will be free food, cultural performances, and music and activities from different countries represented by student societies at the Parkville campus.

  • Bloom

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Deck near Building N

    Bloom is an exciting initiative run by MONSU in collaboration with Monash University. You’ll be taught how to pot, care for and nurture plants, while learning how you can nurture your own growth and development by applying mental health self-care strategies. You’ll leave with your own potted plant and a reminder of ways to prioritise your mental health.

  • Game of Commons

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Campus Marquee

    Enjoy learning about various cultures while making new friends. You’ll be grouped into teams for a fun quiz competition with prizes! Light refreshments will be available.

    Register by Friday 4 October.

    Register now

  • Playing by the rules: Games about language and culture

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Building H, Level 2, Room 35

    Using interactive games, this event celebrates and promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusion. In small groups, you’ll be able to play a variety of entertaining board games and quizzes that will challenge your perceptions of language and culture. There will also be refreshments and prizes!

  • Transition to a New Vision: Trans Equality in Health Services

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Seminar Room 1, Level 3, 5 Arnold Street, Box Hill

    Join us for a lunch & learn session led by Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria. The presentation with Q&A will be held at Box Hill, with zoom connection to other hospitals and clinical sites making up Eastern Health and Eastern Health Clinical School.

  • Wheel of Diversity

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Campus Centre, Ground floor

    Come along and test your trivia knowledge on all things diverse! Spin the wheel, answer a question (with lots of support and encouragement from our friendly chaplains), and win a free coffee voucher to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion Week!

  • Gamer G*rl

    Day Wednesday
    Time 12–4pm
    Venue Northern Plaza

    Monash Electronic Gaming Association is participating in Diversity and Inclusion week to promote and represent female identifying, non-binary, and diverse gamers at Monash. We’ll be hosting a variety of casual games that people of any skill level can enjoy. If you have any access needs, please email diversity@mega.org.au.

  • Game (Make)Over!

    Day Wednesday
    Time 5–7pm
    Venue MPA Lounge, Campus Centre, Level 1

    MPA Queer is running this refreshing and playful workshop tackling diverse sexes, genders and sexualities. In groups, you’ll play famous board games, reflecting on their hidden heterosexual and cisgender assumptions and then re-imagining them as inclusive towards the LGBTIQA+ community. Open to Monash graduate students who identify as LGBTIQA+ and our amazing friends and allies! Snacks and drinks are provided.

    Register now

  • Stories Out Loud

    Day Wednesday
    Time 5–7pm
    Venue MPA Lounge, Building C, Level 2

    Taking inspiration from the popular web series of the same name, the MPA have adapted the idea for our community with an event centred on the personal stories and experiences of diversity and inclusion. Come along and support your community of storytellers, listen to their experiences, and network with others.

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  • All Things Being Equal – Navigating the Barriers to Women in Leadership

    Day Wednesday
    Time 6–8pm
    Venue TBC

    In medical schools around Australia, at least half of all students are women, yet the majority of senior and leadership positions in medicine are still held by men. Join MUMUS Gender Equity for an incredible night of inspiring speakers and a workshop on leadership and gender equity in the medical world!

    Speakers: Professor Michelle Leech, Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Dr Victoria Atkinson, Professor Helena Teede and Dr Neela Janakiramanan.

    Register now

  • Australia Says Yes! Queer Film and Networking Event

    Day Wednesday
    Time 6–8pm
    Venue SSAF Marquee

    Lights! Camera! Action! Join us for an exciting queer film night and networking event. We’re bringing together students, educators and practitioners for drinks and nibbles, with a screening of the Australian marriage equality documentary – Australia Says Yes! Popcorn and gelato will be served throughout the evening.

  • Macbeth at the Monash MPavilion

    Day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Time 6.30 – 8.30pm
    Venue Monash MPavilion, 26 Ancora Imparo Way

    Something’s been lost in translation in the 500 years since Shakespeare wrote his cursed play. Language has evolved, theatre has changed, but weak men still take power and our innate wicked desires remain. What will it take to overthrow them?

    Devised by current Monash students, this performance unearths the foundations of Shakespeare’s theatre. Hang those who talk of fear: this is Macbeth.

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  • Diversity and Inclusion Library launch

    Day Thursday
    Time 10–11am
    Venue Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Ground floor, 8 Scenic Boulevard

    Join us for morning tea to launch the MSDI Diversity and Inclusion Library – a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction books designed to foster greater understanding of our varying backgrounds and experiences and inclusion of all. Come and discover what books are available, and how you can borrow them from the library!

  • SECE Lean In Circle Launch

    Day Thursday
    Time 10 – 11.30am
    Venue Monash Sport, Main Pavilion, Leaders Room

    The SECE Lean In Circle is open to all permanent, fixed-term and casual staff from SECE who identify as, or with, women. It’s is a place where we can be unapologetically ambitious, expand our networks, and help each other achieve our goals. So come to our launch – there will be activities, speakers, and opportunities for you to network with other women in SECE.

    Register now

  • Caring for yourself – a workshop for carers by Carers Victoria

    Day Thursday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue Rm E269, 20 Chancellors Walk

    Do you take better care of the person you’re caring for than yourself? If the answer is yes, you’ll benefit from this workshop. We’ll explore why your health and wellbeing are important and discuss and share strategies to help you care for yourself. Topics include ‘Why caring for ourselves is so important’ and ‘What stops us caring for ourselves?’. Morning tea will be provided.

    Register now

  • Crafting Intersectional Futures

    Day Thursday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue Library, Building L, Level 1, Rm L1.01

    Come and practise empathy, solidarity and belonging in an interactive storytelling workshop with Jordan Brown. Together, we’ll experiment in crafting our stories of shared structural barriers, current strengths, and future actions within the Monash community, creating a community quilt that will be displayed across our campuses. All skill levels and stories welcome.

    Register now

  • Showcase of Inclusive Technology Research

    Day Thursday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue SensiLab Research Lab, Rm G119

    Come and see the work Inclusive Technologies and SensiLab research groups are doing on emerging technologies to support people with disability. Researchers will be there to talk about the work and give you plenty of opportunity to have a play and ask questions. Learn more about inclusive practice with technology and in STEM!

  • SPHPM Diversity and Inclusion morning tea

    Day Thursday
    Time 11am – 1pm
    Venue Level 1, Tea Room, 553 St Kilda Rd

    We’re hosting a morning tea with international food and rainbow cakes and an interactive session ‘You can’t ask that!’ (based on the ABC program) to open up discussion on difficult conversations and questions people may have about equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Diversity in physics and astronomy

    Day Thursday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Rooms 107 and 110, 10 College Walk

    Hear a short talk highlighting achievements by physicists and astronomers from diverse backgrounds and identities. A panel of scientists will follow, each panelist giving insights into their own career path and how their differences have shaped their experiences. There will be time for questions and a catered lunch of food from around the world will be provided at the end of the panel.

    Register now

  • Game of Commons

    Day Thursday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Learning and Teaching Building, Rm G03

    Enjoy learning about various cultures while making new friends. You’ll be grouped into teams for a fun quiz competition with prizes! Light refreshments will be available.

    Register by Friday 4 October.

    Register now

  • Wheel of Diversity

    Day Thursday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Deck near Building N

    Come along and test your trivia knowledge on all things diverse! Spin the wheel, answer a question (with lots of support and encouragement from our friendly chaplains), and win a free coffee voucher to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion Week!

  • Talkin’ ’bout My Generation

    Day Thursday
    Time 1–2pm
    Venue New Horizons, Ground floor, Room G29, 20 Research Way

    Did you know that, during an undergraduate degree, you could work with peers from up to 5 generations? In this panel, we’ll ask a range of students who participated in CURIE programs how they found the ‘sweet spot’ when working in multi-generational teams. Stay for sweet treats after the panel!

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  • Parade of National Dress

    Day Thursday
    Time 1–3pm
    Venue TBC

    Come, learn and enjoy! Nursing and Midwifery has partnered with the Australian Nursing Studies' internationally qualified nurses to showcase the national dress of various countries, as well as providing a taste of culture, dance, song and food.

  • Macbeth

    Day Thursday
    Time 2.30 – 4.30pm
    Venue Monash MPavilion, 26 Ancora Imparo Way

    A student-devised and led adaptation of Macbeth with a diverse team creating an adaptation Macbeth as accessible for new audiences to enjoy. The show accessible and free to all.

    Register now

  • Nevo Zisin: Author Talk

    Day Thursday
    Time 3.30 – 5pm
    Venue Matheson Library, Rm 1.04

    Author, Nevo Zisin, will speak about their book, Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone. Zisin is a young activist, writer and public speaker whose memoir explores the complexities of gender identity and sexuality. Join us for this thought-provoking talk, followed by afternoon tea. (Image credit: Proud Minority)

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  • Creating Conversations – Diversity and Mental Health

    Day Thursday
    Time 6–7pm
    Venue Cossar Hall, Building 401

    How do the discriminatory aspects of society affect mental health, self-esteem and self-worth? Join us for an interactive exploration of the relationship between discrimination and stress and their impact on employment opportunity, relationships and wellbeing. The event includes facilitated group discussions with guest speakers and Q&A. Some topics for discussion may be upsetting.

    Register now

  • Crafting Intersectional Futures

    Day Friday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue The Helen Macpherson Smith Education Space, Monash University Museum of Art

    Come and practise empathy, solidarity and belonging in an interactive storytelling workshop with Jordan Brown. Together, we’ll experiment in crafting our stories of shared structural barriers, current strengths, and future actions within the Monash community, creating a community quilt that will be displayed across our campuses. All skill levels and stories welcome.

    Register now

  • Puppies Not Patriarchy

    Day Friday
    Time 10am – 12pm
    Venue Marquee, Northern Plaza

    Come and join the Respectful Communities team for a pawfect morning tea to celebrate gender equality! Bring your dogs in to learn about the patriarchy and ways we can dismantle it through gender equality. We’ll have interactive displays, snacks (for you and your pup!) and a free pawtography session with a professional furtographer! Please register as spaces are limited.

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  • eSolutions Service Desk Diversity Day Celebrations

    Day Friday
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Daintree Room, Building 203, Level 1, 700 Blackburn Rd

    The eSolutions Service Desk is hosting an event to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our staff at Monash and to promote inclusion. Kicking off at 12pm, the event includes shared cultural food, cultural trivia and language games.

  • Diversity in Action

    Day Friday
    Time 5–7pm
    Venue Learning and Teaching Building, Rm 132, 19 Ancora Imparo Way

    Diversity in Action is an interactive workshop where students from different backgrounds can share their experiences of studying and life. It’s a great opportunity for students (in particular, new students) to build their ‘courage muscle’ in a diverse learning environment. Light refreshments will be available.

    Register by Friday 4 October.

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Contact us

Email: inclusive-communities@monash.edu

Call: 9905 9499