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Diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

USC is a community which recognises and embraces diversity among our staff, students and community partnerships. It provides an inclusive environment where each person feels they belong and are respected, connected and empowered to rise, and shine.

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Participation in higher education

We have a range of strategies to increase participation rates in equity groups. Learn more about our preparation pathways, bursaries and support services available.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

At USC, we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to increase Indigenous Australian participation rates in higher education.

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Cultural and linguistic diversity

We value the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community and have a range of initiatives to create a diverse and inclusive culture.

Students studying outside
Disability and inclusion
We are proud to promote resources and strategies available to students who experience disability or health issues to ensure equity and access to education and employment.
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LGBTIQ+ and community

USC is focused on the inclusion of sexually and gender diverse identities, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+)

Gender equality
Gender equity
USC is committed to creating a equitable, fair and inclusive environment for all genders, ensuring everyone has the best opportunity to achieve their education and career goals.

Diversity initiatives

EO Online
Complete this self-paced, interactive training to gain theoretical knowledge and a practical understanding of how to apply equal opportunity principles in work and study environments.
Respect. Now. Always.
Respect. Now. Always.
Ending sexual assault and harassment on campus.
Racism. It stops with me.
We are proud to be one of 400 organisations committed to the Racism. It stops with me campaign, which aims to stamp out racism.
Diversity notes
Vice Chancellor and President’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Recognise USC staff, students, and graduates who have made an outstanding commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Diversity champions

Nina Ashfield
Nina Ashfield
"We're essentially creating the world's next leaders, so our students need to make their voices heard to the people in power who are making the decisions."
Dr Greg Nash
USC academic has been appointed the Queensland chair of White Ribbon Australia, an organisation that aims to end male violence against women and girls
Bridie Kean
Bridie Kean
"Diversity is such a broad term. To me, it means recognising and celebrating everyone's backgrounds and experiences and journeys because that's what makes the world a richer place."