Equity and Diversity Working Parties
Equity and Diversity Working Parties (EDWPs) are a new initiative currently being implemented across the University and will provide the opportunity for a more targeted discussion and review of local equity and diversity considerations within the University’s Schools, Institutes and Divisions. Our Working Parties will focus on staff and work related practice as relevant to each local area ensuring inclusive equity and diversity policies and strategies are adhered to across the University.
Each School is represented by their own EDWP along with a combined EDWP for our Institutes and a combined EDWP for our Divisions, each consisting of members from their relevant local areas. In total there are 15 EDWPs across the University meeting at a minimum of 4 times per year to actively identify equity and diversity gaps, arising opportunities and/or successes within their local areas and reporting back to the Office of Equity and Diversity. Our EDWP members provide an effective, safe and readily accessible channel for the University’s staff to give feedback and unsolicited suggestions, ideas or concerns relating to equity and diversity matters within their local areas.
Coordinated by the Office of Equity and Diversity, our EDWPs are endorsed by the University’s Executive Committee and are an integral project of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan, which resulted in the University being awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award earlier this year.
Getting in touch with your local EDWP
If you have any suggestions, concerns or ideas regarding your local area, please contact the EDWP Secretariat, Briony Laws via B.Laws@westernsydney.edu.au who will then forward you your local EDWP’s member contact details.
How do I become a member of my local EDWP?
If you are interested in becoming a member of your local EDWP, we suggest reading the EDWP Terms of Reference (ToR) to understand what is involved and to have a discussion with your supervisor or manager.
For further information about our EDWPs, please contact:
Briony Laws, Project Support Officer | Office of Equity and Diversity