University celebrates diversity

February 14 / 128

Charles O'Leary and Elisabeth Laguerre celebrating diversity. Credit: Catherine Evans
Charles O'Leary and Elisabeth Laguerre celebrating diversity. Credit: Catherine Evans

The University supports and celebrates diversity in many different ways. One of which, the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Awards, are now open for nominations.

The award recognises and rewards programs and initiatives that demonstrate innovation and excellence in furthering diversity and social inclusion at the University.

Charles O'Leary and Elisabeth Laguerre, from the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute of Indigenous Development, received one of five grants as part of the 2013 award.

It was made in recognition of their implementation of the Indigenous Employment Framework inlcuding the establishment of the Indigenous Australian Entry Level Development Program.

Under the Indigenous Employment Framework program, the numbers of indigenous staff at the University have almost tripled between 2010 and 2013, with 40 indigenous professional staff and 19 indigenous academic staff now employed.

Margot Eden, Manager, Equity and Student Engagement said Mr O'Leary and Ms Laguerre had made an important contribution to diversity and inclusion at the University.

“The Indigenous Employment Framework program is the key driver for the advancement of Indigenous staff recruitment and retention across the University, and Charles and Elisabeth have played a pivotal role in changing attitudes within the University," she said.

"It provides an inclusive environment for Indigenous staff and inspires faculties and administrative divisions to find creative solutions to foster indigenous employment.

“The University is committed to increasing the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a means of enriching the University community and promoting a better understanding of, and connection with,  Indigenous Australians.

"A University goal in this regard is to bring the numbers of Indigenous students and staff to population parity," she said.

Nominations for the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Awards are now open. The University will grant up to three awards of $5000 to programs and initiatives that demonstrate innovation and excellence in furthering diversity and social inclusion.

http://msl.unimelb.edu.au/awards-grants-initiatives/diversity_and_inclusion_awards 

 

 

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