Vice Chancellor and Presidents Diversity and Inclusion Awards - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Vice Chancellor and Presidents Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Each year the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards acknowledges and celebrates USC staff, students, and graduates who have made an outstanding and demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion within the university and/or its broader community over a sustained period of time.

Congratulations to previous award recipients and all nominees for their notable achievements to date. For more information about previous recipients. 

2021 Vice-Chancellor and President's Diversity and Inclusion Award recipients

The Committee also commended the following nominees for their contributions to student engagement and leadership, research and embedding Diversity and Inclusion within their learning and teaching professional practice.

  • Claire Smith: USC undergraduate student
  • Trinh Huynh: USC postgraduate student
  • Anne Drabble: Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Tertiary Access
  • Jo Wu: Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
  • Belinda Harris: USC Alumni and professional staff member Student Services and Engagement

Selection process 

The Vice-Chancellor and President’s Equity and Diversity Committee assess all nominations. Up to six awards may be made each year, although in exceptional circumstances the Committee may recommend additional awards be granted.

Nominations will be assessed on the basis of outstanding achievement in one or more of the following categories for each award:

Inclusion Award
Sub Category: Developing teaching practice, curricula or learning environments that foster inclusion for a diverse range of students
Sub Category: Building and supporting inclusion and diversity at USC, fostering inclusive teams and positively influencing the working and/or learning environment
Sub Category: Enhancing cohesion and understanding in a diverse community for staff and/or students and/or community
Sub Category:  Engaging with the wider community to encourage participation by disadvantaged groups
Reconciliation Award 

Sub Category: Commitment to building and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

Sub Category: Contributions to implementing strategies to increase the participation rate of Indigenous Australian students in higher education study
Sub Category: Contributions to implementing strategies to increase the number of Indigenous Australian academic and/or professional staff

Awards will not be granted for individuals or groups who have undertaken work that is an aspect of their University employment, or role as a student, which might be considered to be within normal expectations of staff or students of the university.

Nominated awards will be limited to a maximum of one award per individual or team every two years, except where the nomination clearly demonstrates the initiative, activity or program is different from the prior year. In this instance, the nomination will be referred to Committee to be considered.

Nomination process 

Nominations are received by the Access and Diversity team and provided to a sub-committee of the VC&P Equity and Diversity Committee for judging.

The panel encourages nominations for initiatives, activities and programs that foster inclusion for a diverse range of staff, students and/or community. This may include encouraging or enabling the participation of disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, or initiatives that make a significant contribution to reconciliation.

For further information, please contact or call (07) 5456 5990.