Western Sydney University launches social justice network

Jean Lewis, student; Lisa Lewis, Project and Research Support Officer, Centre for Western Sydney; Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Professor Michelle Trudgett; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Advancement, Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy; Professor Anna Cody, Dean, School of Law; Professor Kerry Robinson, Director, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre; and Dr Rachel Sharples, Senior Researcher, Challenging Racism Project, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre.

Western Sydney University has launched an inaugural network to amplify the University’s research and impact on social justice matters.

The ‘Social Justice Network’ will highlight leading researchers and experts from the University, and connect them with students, staff, businesses, community and government to drive change.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Professor Michelle Trudgett, said Western Sydney University has a proud history of advocating for social justice and serving the community.

“The Social Justice Network will provide people with an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the incredible array of social justice work undertaken at Western Sydney University,” said Professor Trudgett.

“Western is deeply committed to finding solutions to global and regional injustices and will draw on the fantastic work undertaken across the University, particularly through drawing on the valuable research our scholars undertake.”

The Social Justice Network was launched at a special event held at the Parramatta City campus on 31 March.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Advancement, Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, who will be the inaugural Chair, said the initiative will create opportunities for engagement.

“The initiative aims to identify and foster new opportunities for engagement and ongoing partnerships that will contribute to improving social justice outcomes in our communities,” said Professor Possamai-Inesedy.

Esteemed guest speakers at the launch included:

  • Professor Anna Cody, Dean, School of Law
  • Professor Kerry Robinson, Director, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre
  • Dr Rachel Sharples, Senior Researcher, Challenging Racism Project, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre

The Social Justice Network will include representatives from across the University, including the Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre; Equity and Diversity; Humanitarian and Development Research Institute; Institute for Culture and Society; Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership; Office of Engagement and Advancement; School of Law; and the Whitlam Institute.

For more information about the Social Justice Network, visit the web page (opens in a new window).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Professor Michelle Trudgett with Professor Anna Cody, Dean, School of Law; Professor Kerry Robinson, Director, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre; and Dr Rachel Sharples, Senior Researcher, Challenging Racism Project, Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre.

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6 April 2022

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