Cultural Diversity

A rich tapestry of community, culture and society

UOW proudly celebrates our rich cultural diversity and boasts our vibrant multicultural staff representing many different countries, cultures and languages.

UOW is in a fortunate position where we have a very rich tapestry of community, culture and society that embodies our diverse modern nation and in doing so, we embrace and value the skills and attributes that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds bring to our campus and community. We have developed principles that promote inclusive practices to ensure that our workplace is culturally safe and inclusive, and supports the various needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics of our people, with respect, sensitivity and understanding.

Regardless of beliefs, language spoken, religion or cultural background, our vision is for all staff and students to feel they belong here and are empowered to achieve their full potential.

We recognise that cultivating a collaborative mindset where a range of perspectives, disciplines and expertise is respected and given a seat at the table is essential to shaping our values-based culture.

Racism. It stops with me.

The University of Wollongong has joined the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Racism. It stops with me’ campaign to promote awareness and encourage everyone to see what they can do to help eradicate racism. The University supports a strong diverse organisation in which everyone regardless of race can bring their true self to work in a safe and inclusive environment.

Racism stops because of the actions we take individually and collectively. We all have a role to play in taking action against racism wherever we see or hear it and supporting initiatives to stop it from happening. This campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

For more information, go to Racism. It Stops With Me

FUSE​​​​​ Network

FUSE (Forging United Safe Environments) is a new EDI Network committed to celebrating diversity and creating culturally safe campuses. Their aim is ensure incidents of racial discrimination and harassment are consistently dealt with and addressed, whilst using the incidents as platform for education, learning and positive change. To provide a strength-based Network that will be committed to forging united safe environments and motivated to ‘shut down’ racism within the University environment and beyond.

FUSE network

For more information, visit the FUSE Network site via the link below.

FUSE Network (staff access only)

FUSE, a network committed to shutting down racism within the university environment through forging United Safe Environments, UOW is motivated to celebrate the diversity, dignity and human rights of all individuals who engage with its campuses.

FUSE provides students, staff and guests of UOW a Safeway to report and discuss racist behaviour to accommodate however you feel comfortable having that discussion.

Fuse offers multiple ways to action your concerns and you can always remain anonymous.

An inclusive campus starts with you.

If you witness or are the victim of discriminatory behaviour, speak up, Get in touch with a Fuse Network member.

There you can discuss the incident privately, and if you wish to do so, they can help you file a report.

If you are comfortable with addressing the perpetrator directly, state their actions are unacceptable and if you are a witness, support the recipient by letting them know you are not OK with what occurred.

Alternatively, you can lodge a complaint to the University of Wollongong's internal complaints process or to the Human Rights Commission.

FUSE provides a safe network for open conversation about racism and discrimination to learn, educate and create positive change.



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