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Science EDI focused events 2018


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
8-15 July 2018
The Faculty of Science hosted a panel event featuring two female Indigenous science students. The importance of community and connection resonated throughout the entire event. Both students spoke to how crucial Nura Gili had been for them throughout their degrees and highlighted how studying, especially in a white and male-dominated field can be isolating. They were both strong advocates for getting more women involved in Science as well as other Indigenous students.  Students from the Science stream of Nura Gili's Winter School were in attendance.

National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation. 
11-19 August 2018

Wear it Purple Day

To foster supportive, safe and accepting environments for rainbow young people. 
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. In 2010, several rainbow young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment restyling from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.
31 August 2018

Wear it Purple Day, a global movement supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community, was celebrated by the Science Faculty Friday 31 August.


Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith, renowned Astrophysicist gave a moving and thought-provoking presentation on challenges facing the rainbow community and advice on how people can be an effective ally. Lisa then moderated a panel featuring UNSW rainbow Science staff and students who generously shared their personal experiences and insights into challenges, opportunities and hopes for the rainbow community in STEM.


This event highlighted the diverse and vibrant community within UNSW Science and the need to continually create an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment. Our students and staff can do their best work when they feel free and safe to focus on their science whilst also bringing their whole selves to work, study and research.



R U OK? Day 

R U OK’s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
13 September 2018

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day – 10 October – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
10 October 2018