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Gender UNLIMITED* Seminar Series
Run by Western Sydney University’s SAGE team, Gender UNLIMITED* draws together a network of participants and speakers from across the Sydney region to examine the persistent challenges to gender equality on our campuses, in our workplaces and within our communities. The series asks: How can we start to make real progress towards overcoming the challenges to gender equality? Are we doing enough?
Series Contact: Dr Kieryn McKay, SAGE Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
#4: People Value: Engaging Our Greatest Asset Through Gender Equity
The opening address for this event was provided by Associate Professor Kate Huppatz (Sociology, Western Sydney University), “Gender and Labour in Higher Education: What is at Stake?” and offered important insights into the key gender issues arising across our sector. This was followed by an engaging presentation by SAGE Academic Lead Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright and SAGE Project Coordinator Dr Kieryn McKay, "Gender Equity Matters: Our Status and Our Vision". This presentation outlined the University's submission for Athena SWAN Bronze Award and mapped the commitments and objectives laid out by the University's four-year SAGE Action Plan (2019-2023).
The event culminated in a thought-provoking keynote address by Professor Cordelia Fine, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne titled "Women's Value: Beyond the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion".
#3: Engaging Communities
Summary - The third seminar in the Gender Unlimited series explored strategies and opportunities to engage diverse communities in the push for gender equality on our campuses, in our workplaces, and within local communities themselves.
Keynote Speaker - Professor Nareen Young, Industry Professor, Indigenous Workforce Diversity at UTS and former CEO of Diversity Council Australia.
Panel discussion - Chaired by Professor Sev Ozdowski AM, Director, Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University. Panellists include Samantha Webster (Pride in Diversity), Amanda Rose and Maria Kovacic (Western Sydney Women) and B-Ann Echevarria (NSW Refugee Health Service).
#2: Gender Equality in Higher Education
The second session in the Gender Unlimited series considers the questions “How can we start to make real progress towards overcoming the challenges to gender equality, and are we doing enough?” within a higher education context.
Short presentations where provided from 2018 recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Gender Equality Fund and a showcase of current gender equality initiatives underway at WSU.
Keynote Speaker – Professor Sharon Bell, DVC and VP (Strategy & Planning)
Panel Discussion - Chaired by Professor Deborah Sweeney DVC & VP (Research and Innovation). Panel discussants include representatives from UNSW, Macquarie University, University of Canberra, University of Sydney and University of Newcastle.
This launch event was opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Gloverand Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick.
Keynote Speaker - Ms Libby Loyd AM, past President of UN Women Australia, Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, and Chair of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group.
Panel Discussion - Chaired by Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), with panelists Mr Scott Holmes (Our Watch), Mr Ronan Smyth (White Ribbon Australia) and Associate Professor Kate Huppatz (Sociology, WSU).
Mr Scott Holmes of Our Watch and Associate Professor Michael Salter (Criminology, WSU) finished the session with a seminar which delved into detailed strategies on how to prevent gendered violence in the workplace.
International Women's Day Staff Breakfast, 8 March 2018
Title - GenderUNLIMITED at WSU: The SAGE Journey
Keynote Presenter - Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright, Professor in the School of Science and Academic Lead for the SAGE program.
Summary – Shining a spotlight on the indelible influence of women and gender diverse people across our University and outline our plans for amplifying their contributions at Western Sydney University. Professor Aldrich-Wright’s full presentation can be downloaded here.
Research Week, October 2017
Summary - This seminar included presentations from staff across the University on critical issues affecting gender equality in industry, across academia, and here at Western Sydney University. These presentations were followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion around gender and inequality.