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Student Hub: Pride

Torrens University supports the needs of all our students to ensure they all have an equal opportunity for success. We are committed to creating a culture that both welcomes and embraces diversity (on campus and online).  This commitment extends to include staff, students and community who are sexually diverse and have diverse gender identities, including, but not limited to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual.  

 

Valuable Information

Torrens University wants to inspire, ensure and support all staff and students to live their true selves, know they are included and welcomed in the Torrens Community.

Torrens aims to be a leader in the education sector in promoting inclusivity and diversity while adopting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) best practice. Torrens believes in cultivating diversity and inclusivity of its students, staff and curriculum. Torrens recognises the right of each lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual staff and student to live and work freely, without discrimination or fear. Torrens wants to celebrate, protect and similarly promote the rights of LGBTQIA as other members of the Torrens community.

Key Functions of the PRIDE Steering Group

  1. To champion LGBTQIA equity and inclusion through the provision of introductory and ongoing training and education.
  2. To provide support and networking for LGBTQIA students and staff.
  3. To assist the University to provide an inclusive environment for students and staff irrespective of sexual or gender identity.
  4. To organise social events that celebrate diversity and inclusion.
  5. To promote positive attitudes towards LGBTQIA peoples and to increase the visibility of LGBTQIA equality, including (but not limited to) promotional materials and awareness initiatives across the University and its campuses.
  6. To establish a steering committee of student and staff representatives to act as an advisory group to Torrens University on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Purpose

This framework highlights the minimum requirements on how to support the inclusion of LGBTIQA+ University Community

Guiding Principles

The Framework Guiding Principles informs the decision making and actions.

Leadership

Ongoing commitment from the LANZ Leadership team to support and lead the LGBTIQA+ Framework across LANZ.

Policy and Procedures Inclusivity

LANZ’s Policies and Procedures reflect inclusivity and support of LGBTQIA+ staff and students including diversity and identity

Learning and Teaching Inclusivity

LGBTQIA+ inclusive language in curriculum, research and scholarship

LGBTQIA+ members’ visibility on Campus

Student and staff campus experience that includes LGBTQIA+ representation, visibility and understanding of issues affecting people identifying as LGBTQIA+.

Background

Why is an LGBTQIA+ Framework necessary?

Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission:

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender people are three times more likely to experience depression
  • Six in ten experience verbal homophobic abuse
  • Two in ten experience physical homophobic abuse
  • One in ten experience other types of homophobia
  • Transgender men and women experience significantly higher rates of non-physical and physical abuse compared with gay men and women
  • Eighty per cent of homophobic bullying occurs at school
  • Thirty-nine per cent of LGBTQIA+ people hide their sexuality or gender identity at a workplace
  • Almost half of all LGBTQIA+ people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination

Through this framework, Torrens University wants to be part of the change, and believe that even one abuse is one too many. The development of this framework is to support the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Responsibilities

Laureate Australia and New Zealand Executive Team are responsible for the implementation of the Framework.

2019 – 2022 Framework Action Plan

This framework highlights the minimum requirements on how to support the inclusion of LGBTIQA+ University Community. We are pleased to share our 2019-2022 Framework Action Plan and welcome any comments or feedback.  Our plan can be accessed below:

Overview    

  1. The Ally Network is a visible network of staff and students across the University who support the University’s commitment to providing an inclusive and respectful university environment for people who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+).   
  1. LGBTQIA+ is used as an inclusive umbrella term that recognises the diversity and experiences of sexualities, sex characteristics and genders. We acknowledge that this terminology is a source of ongoing community debate and may not reflect the preferred identification of individuals 
  1. The Allies are staff and students who are knowledgeable in, receptive to, and understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues. Allies are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender identity - they are people who strongly support making the University an environment where all staff and students can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination.  
  1. In particular, an Ally understands the reasons why many transgender, bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, intersex and asexual people are fearful of being harassed or discriminated against, and why it is important to have Allies who are prepared to speak out on their behalf or advocate alongside them. Having trained Allies helps create a network of support across the University.    

Objectives  

The Ally Network has the following objectives:  

  • Promote understanding and awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues affecting staff and students on campus and in the workplace 
  • Create a network of support across the University for people who identify as LGBTQIA+.  

Membership  

The Ally Network comprises staff and students who have completed LGBTQIA+ Awareness Training and chosen to formally join as members of the Ally Network. The Pride Steering Group reviews and approves all Ally Network Memberships.    

If you would like to join the Ally Network, please complete the PRIDE Training Request Form, and one of the PRIDE Team will reach out to you.

Awareness Training

Our membership with ACON is now active and entitles us to free training.  Each month, Pride Training is offered online and provides an introduction to the LGBTQI community and the issues impacting them in the workplace. Completion of this 1.5-hour online training is required prior to becoming part of the PRIDE Ally Network

To attend one of the training, complete the PRIDE Training Request Form.

 

  • Pride in Diversity present a full resource of Pride Inclusion Programs can be accessed here.
  • QLife is a nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTQIA+ people.  They can be accessed through their hotline operating from 3:00 pm to midnight every day at: 1 800 184 527 or through their Webchat option on their website: www.qlife.org.au

We value your feedback!  If you have any questions, comments, or events you'd like to share, please feel free to contact us at: pride@laureate.edu.au 

Upcoming Events

June is PRIDE month!

The month of June is a very significant one in the PRIDE calendar.  Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influcen LGBT people have had around the world.  June was chosen to honour the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place in 1969.

COVID-19 may have changed the nature of the celebrations, but there will still be loads of ways to commemorate this month.  Learn more about events around Australia

On June 18, a number of universities will be holding virtual sessions that anyone can join. The Torrens team are also hosting a special live event entitled "Successful Queer Womxn in Design and Creative Technology".  See the poster below for further details.

Training now available

Our membership with ACON is now active and entitles us to free training.  Each month, Pride Training is offered online and provides an introduction to the LGBTQI community and the issues impacting them in the workplace.  Contact us to find out more.


Online Training Module

Other Online Training includes the module "Walking in Rainbow Shoes".  This half hour introductory module provides insight into issues affecting the LGBTQI Community and is available for all students and staff on our BlackBoard pages.