Cultural Diversity

People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD)

Western Sydney University is one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia with more than 100 cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented in our student community and over 20% of staff coming from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The University is guided by:

The University's commitment to promoting a positive and supportive learning and working environment for staff and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is:

  • embedded in the University's Strategic Plan and the Equity and Diversity Plan
  • progress reports on the implementation of multicultural services and strategies are included in Annual Reports

Dates of Cultural and Religious Significance

To celebrate and promote awareness of the diversity of the University community, Equity and Diversity have produced the 2017 Equity and Diversity Calendar. The calendar lists cultural and religious days celebrated in Australia and around the world.                                             

Printed copies of this calendar are available on request from Equity and Diversity

(as long as stock lasts). The 2017 Equity and Diversity Calendar (Opens in a new window) can also be downloaded and is best viewed in Internet Explorer and Chrome. If you have any problems accessing the file, please contact Melinda Blackmore (Opens in a new window).

Western Sydney University has a commitment to providing leave for staff to participate in significant cultural and religious events and ceremonies which are not covered by public holiday provisions. Options include personal leave, flex leave, leave without pay and time in lieu.

Muslim Harmony Reference Group

In 2005, the University established the Muslim Harmony Reference Group to build greater understanding and cooperation between Muslim and non-Muslim people, including students and their families, University staff and the broader Greater Sydney community.

The Group sponsors an annual Ramadan Iftar event and has fostered a number of initiatives to promote understanding between the University and the Muslim community.

Guidelines for Addressing Cultural Issues for Events at Western Sydney University

Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity assists in building stronger relationships. Guidelines for Addressing Cultural Issues for Events at the University provides practical advice for event organisers on how to ensure that everyone who comes to a University function feels welcome and respected.

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