About Respectful Communities

Respectful Communities is made up of an interdisciplinary team, including a number of students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, who are passionate about social and cultural change.

Our team was established in response to the national Respect. Now. Always. campaign. After the release of the Change the Course Report, Monash University recognised the need for ongoing work to prevent gender-based violence and created Respectful Communities. In 2020, the team expanded, allowing Respectful Communities to address a broader range of social and cultural issues around diversity and inclusion.

Our work is informed by the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework and action plans, the Respect.Now.Always. campaign, and local, national and international commitments around inclusion and prevention.

What we do

Our aim is to create an inclusive and equal Monash community by equipping our staff and students with the knowledge and skills they need to champion social and cultural change. As such, we run initiatives, events and training programs that raise awareness of, and educate our community about, issues including diversity and inclusion, harassment and discrimination, the prevention of gender-based violence, respectful relationships and sexual health.

Our work is based around two key pillars: inclusion and prevention. Both concepts are intertwined – as we work to build a community of care and inclusion, we prevent harassment, discrimination and violence in our community.

Whilst our primary focus is on working with students, we operate across all levels of the organisation to ensure that we promote social and cultural change across our whole community.

Our principles and values

At Respectful Communities we’re committed to:

  • implementing evidence-based and best-practice methods to lead change and create an inclusive and equal community
  • creating safe spaces for open communication and courageous conversation
  • fostering respectful relationships by collaborating with our community to provide peer-led workshops and initiatives
  • modelling good behaviour by being inclusive, kind and empathetic to others.