Celebrate equity @ ACU!

Celebrate Equity @ ACU by joining us for the Equity @ ACU Symposium and the Equity @ ACU celebration events at your campus.

Equity @ ACU celebrations are in full swing this week. Students and staff have come out across our campuses to show their support and commitment to equity and inclusion at ACU. Be sure to share your photos from Equity @ ACU Week on Workplace.

It’s not too late to get involved:

Equity @ ACU celebration events – Friday 14 October
  • Melbourne, Daniel Mannix Rooftop, 3.30pm–5.30pm
  • North Sydney, Peter Cosgrove Centre, 3.30pm–5.30pm
  • Brisbane, Gaudete Centre, 2.30pm–4.30pm

Professor Sally Kift will join us virtually to discuss equity and widening participation. Professor Kift, who was the first in her family to go university, has been a trusted and visible presence in higher education for more than 30 years. Professor Kift is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL) and President of the Australian Learning & Teaching Fellows (ALTF).

The NTEU has clarified their position on this event and strongly supports initiatives that increase inclusivity and diversity.

RSVP: Please email Victoria.hayman@acu.edu.au which location you will be attending for catering purposes.

Equity @ ACU Symposium

It’s not too late to register for day two of the Equity @ ACU Symposium.

Join us for the second day of the Equity @ ACU Symposium to hear from the following presenters, including keynotes from:

  • Dylan Alcott AOM, 2022 Australian of the Year and Disability Advocate
  • Professor Maria Raciti, Director of the Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast


Thursday 13 October
9.30-10.00am Conference website opens



Professor Maria Raciti
Director of the Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast

Professor Maria Raciti is a social marketer who uses marketing tools and techniques to bring about social justice and behaviour change. Professor Raciti is a Director of the Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre, an Adjunct Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education and was part of an Australian Government departmental taskforce assisting with the 2019 National Regional Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy.

In this keynote, Professor Raciti will be presenting on widening participation in VUCA times - (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous).

Parallel session four


4.1 - Working in Partnership with Diverse Student Groups to Create Equitable Learning and Teaching Experiences

Megan Brown
Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs)
4.2 - Graduate reflections from beyond the pathway: Insights for equity praxis and the ADEPT Framework for Enabling Pedagogy

Jennifer Stokes
University of South Australia
4.3 - Professional Development of Educators for Equity and Participation

Penny Wheeler, Jessica Russ-Smith, Dr Susan Brooman-Jones and Dr Vanessa Fredericks
Centre for Education and Innovation, Australian Catholic University
11.45am-12.15pm lunch 

Parallel session five


5.1 - Equity and Social Justice: UTS Social Impact Framework

Dr Sonal Singh
Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion
University of Technology Sydney
5.2 - Re-Shaping the System: Higher Education from a Student Perspective
Student Panel

Debbie Keen, Malou Louth, Jaimie Bryant and Hannah Blanco
Australian Catholic University
5.3 - Exploring current Australian public healthcare practice for adults with autoimmune disease and a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from a trauma-informed perspective: A systematic literature review

Tracey Lechowski
Griffith University
Parallel session six 6.1 - Establishing an LGBTIQ+ Ally Network at a Catholic University: Learnings and opportunities

Professor Noah Riseman and Dr Jillian E. Cox
Australian Catholic University
6.2 - Connecting and Building Relationships with School Communities through Mathematics Education: An Equity Pathways and MTLC Mathematics Leadership Initiative

Matthew Sexton
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre
Australian Catholic University
 1.45-2.00pm refreshment break



In Conversation with Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott (OAM) is a Melbourne University alumni, Australian Paralympic gold medalist in two sports, 5-time Australian Open champion, radio host, television personality, keynote presenter and motivational speaker, entrepreneur, music festival owner, philanthropist, founder of Get Skilled Access and current Australian of the Year.

Growing up, Dylan didn't see any role models like himself in the public domain and has since dedicated himself to be that mainstream person who empowers Australians living with a disability. By using his profile and platform, Dylan's mission is to raise awareness of the incredible capacity of people with a disability and encourage the change in our communities and institutions to allow every individual to fulfill their potential.

In conversation with ACU Equity Pathway’s Jake Hardiman, Dylan will discuss his experiences in overcoming barriers in society, the driving forces behind his success and the role education has in creating a better future for people who experience marginalisation.


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