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Equity and Diversity Contacts

Equity and Diversity Contacts act as a point of contact for staff and students who may have a query or concern about an equity or diversity matter. They are volunteer staff, who have a genuine commitment to the principles of equity and social justice.

Equity and Diversity Contacts play an active role in promoting equity and diversity within the University. They are proactive agents who assist in promoting an inclusive workplace culture that values and affirms both the principles and practice of equity and diversity.

Role of Equity & Diversity Contacts

  • Assist a staff member or student to clarify a situation.
  • Identify the nature of an enquiry/complaint & provide information on the scope of University policies/procedures & the possible options available to resolve a matter, including for further assistance, referral to a Student Equity & Disability Officer, or for staff matters, referral to the Head, Equity & Diversity.
  • Inform the person about the key principles underpinning SCU policies and, in particular, confidentiality, natural justice and rights of all parties.
  • Deal with enquiries whilst maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Keep data regarding enquiries and provide this information to the Head, Equity and Diversity Services
  • The Equity and Diversity Contact role does not include advocacy.

Lismore Campus Equity & Diversity Contacts

Bill Boyd
Professor Bill Boyd
School of Environment, Science and Engineering
william.boyd@scu.edu.au
02 6620 3569
Rob Cumings
Mr Rob Cumings
Equity and Diversity Office
rob.cumings@scu.edu.au
02 6626 9208
Christine Martin
Ms Christine Martin
SCU International
christine.martin@scu.edu.au
02 6626 9368
Anja Scheffers
Assoc. Professor Anja Scheffers
Southern Cross GeoScience
anja.scheffers@scu.edu.au
02 6620 3392
Michelle Simpson
Ms Michelle Simpson
SCU International
michelle.simpson@scu.edu.au
02 6620 3288
Jennifer Nielson
Dr Jennifer Nielsen
School of Law and Justice
jennifer.nielsen@scu.edu.au
02 6620 3081


Gold Coast Campus Equity & Diversity Contacts

Sally Ashton-Hay
Dr Sally Ashton-Hay
Centre for Teaching & Learning
sally.ashton-hay@scu.edu.au
07 5589 3113
Jacky Zhang
Mr Jacky Zhang
SCU International
jacky.zhang@scu.edu.au
07 5589 3026


Coffs Harbour Campus Equity & Diversity Contacts

Anna Scott
Dr Anna Scott
School of Environment, Science and Engineering
National Marine Science Centre
anna.scott@scu.edu.au
02 6648 3923
Rachel Ashbrook
Ms Rachel Ashbrook
School of Business & Tourism
Coffs Harbour Education Campus
rachel.ashbrook@scu.edu.au
02 6659 3212



Training

Staff are required to participate in a training program, delivered by the Equity and Diversity Office, prior to commencing in the Equity & Diversity Contact role. Successful nominees attend this training at no cost to the nominee.

Ongoing Professional Development

Quarterly meetings are arranged by the Equity and Diversity Office to provide Equity & Diversity Contacts with the opportunity for skills enhancement, and to keep them informed of relevant policy developments, legislative changes and of resources available

Confidentiality

Confidentiality must be strictly observed and University policies and procedures strictly adhered to. The names of parties and other persons directly involved in the matters of concern shall not be divulged to any persons beyond the Equity and Diversity Contacts and others nominated in the relevant policies and procedures.

Enquiry Record Forms with statistical details of the enquiry/concern and outcome that does not reveal the identity of the parties will be maintained. These records are held with the Head, Equity and Diversity who reports on organisational trends to the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

As this role is a voluntary one, it is crucial that any staff member interested in taking on the role to have the support of their supervisor and manager before putting forward a nomination.

Further Information:

Enquiries regarding Equity and Diversity Contacts can be directed to the Head, Equity and Diversity, Rachel Callahan on 6626 9110 or by email to rachel.callahan@scu.edu.au