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Diversity Calendar

Throughout the year, in a variety of ways, the University joins together with the wider community to celebrate our diversity and to learn more about each other. This includes events of national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, cultural and linguistic diversity and gender and sexuality diversity significance.

The 2017 Diversity Calendar is currently in development, please check back here for updated information.

Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations
Monday 13 February

The Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was delivered by then Prime Minister Hon Kevin Rudd on this day in 2008, it acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations.

International Women's Day (IWD)
Wednesday 8 March

IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Close The Gap Day
Thursday 16 March

Close The Gap Day raises awareness of disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, safe communities, governance and leadership.

Harmony Day
Tuesday 21 March

Coinciding with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for all who call Australia home - from the traditional custodians to those who have come to this land from around the world.

QSCU Diversity and Inclusion Public Lecture
Tuesday 2 May

QSCU, in association with LEXSA, Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice and the Equity & Diversity Office is delighted that Father Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church, will deliver the lecture. Father Rod is the person behind the colourful, honest and thought-provoking billboard signs, including "Dear Christians, Some People are Gay; Get Over it. Love, God", "Jesus Had 2 Dads and He Turned Out OK" and "Keep Calm and Vote for Equality".

International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT Day)
Wednesday 17 May

A day to reflect on the violence and discrimination experienced by many LGBTI people, simply because of who they are.

National Sorry Day & Reconciliation Week
Friday 26 May / 27 May - 3 June

The Bringing Them Home Report, which detailed the painful practice of forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, was tabled in Federal Parliament on this day. The Report made recommendations in relation to the Stolen Generations including that, through a formal apology, governments of the day should say sorry to those who suffered under these policies.

The report also recommended there be an annual national Sorry Day. On 26 May every year, the University commemorates National Sorry Day, a day on which Australians express regret for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated each year between 27 May and 3 June.This week is an opportunity to join together in the national reconciliation effort and to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

Refugee Week
Sunday 18 - Saturday 24 June

Refugee Week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society. Inspired by the second verse of the Australian national anthem "With Courage Let Us All Combine", the theme of Refugee Week celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.

The University acknowledges the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.

Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 July

NAIDOC is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to recognise their contributions to our country and society. All staff and students are encouraged to participate in the NAIDOC celebrations at each campus and in the community during July, to take up this opportunity to learn from the world's oldest continuing culture.

Wear It Purple Day
Friday 25 August

A day to show young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people that they are supported and respected.

Fusion Festival
Monday 4 - Friday 8 September

The Fusion Festival provides an opportunity to acknowledge, learn from and celebrate our diverse communities. It aims to further inter-cultural understandings and communal harmony through cultural exchange and social connection.