Athena SWAN Committee
Monash University Athena SWAN Committee was established in January 2016 under the leadership of Professor John Carroll, Dean Biomedical Sciences. The Committee reports to the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is chaired by the and Senior Vice-President (Education).
The purpose of the Athena SWAN Committee is to:
a) Oversee, prepare and submit Monash University’s Bronze Award application
b) Oversee the implementation of Monash University Athena SWAN Action Plan (2018-2021)
c) Oversee, prepare and submit Monash University’s Silver Award application (2022-2025)
d) Continue driving positive change in advancing gender equality, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University, and to contribute to the implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan (2022-2025).
We are a diverse group of individuals representing all levels of the academic community, ranging from a postgraduate student to a Dean, as well as representatives from Human Resources and Strategic Communication. Committee members also represent an appropriate balance of STEMM disciplines, gender, career stages as well as cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Chair, Athena SWAN Committee
Prof Maria Garcia de la Banda
Professor, Information Technology
A Prof Michael Brown
Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science
A/Prof Edwina McGlinn
EMBL Australia Group Leader,
Prof Jane Maree Maher
Associate Dean Academic Development; Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology, Arts
Prof Umesh Sharma
Associate Dean Equity and Inclusion
Prof Yolande Strengers
Associate Dean Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Information Technology
Prof Nick McGuigan
Director of Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Monash Business School
A Prof Caroline Gurvich
Department of Psychiatry Central Clinical School
A Prof Daniel Edgington-Mitchell
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dr Anne Fletcher
Chair, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute Diversity and Inclusion committee
Dr Betty Exintaris
Drug Discovery Biology
Dr Jessica Borger
Associate Professor Caroline Henckels
Director Indigenous, Equity and Diversity, Faculty of Law
Dr Susie Siew Yuen Ho
A Prof Grace Lee Hooi Yean
Dr Lucie Joschko
Director, Staff Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Senior Advisor, Staff Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Senior Engagement and Event Coordinator
The Committee will:
(i) Formulate and drive the implementation of Athena SWAN initiatives while taking into consideration the wider context of Monash University gender equity strategy.
(ii) Coordinate the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to identify challenges and opportunities that will feed into action planning and advancing gender equality across the University.
(iii) Oversee, monitor and report on progress of Athena SWAN-led actions and initiatives.
(iv) Support faculties in developing and implementing activities aimed at advancing gender equality and inclusive culture.
(v) Facilitate information sharing within faculties and act as a channel for communication with senior management on gender equity matters as well as diversity and inclusion more broadly.
Terms of Reference 2022 [692kb, PDF]