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 Allied.
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 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, Allied plus (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 and intersex 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.
These terms of reference have been established to promote equality and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied (LGBTQIA+) students and staff, and to value sexual and gender diversity within the Torrens University community.
This framework highlights the minimum requirements on how to support the inclusion of LGBTIQA+ University Community
The Framework Guiding Principles informs the decision making and actions.
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+.
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:
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.
Laureate Australia and New Zealand Executive Team are responsible for the implementation of the Framework.
Our plan is in the final stages of approval and will be accessible in PDF format shortly.
We are currently in the process of establishing a new Torrens/Think Ally program. Please check back in this space in future for full details on how to become an Ally.
Your Student Representative Council (SRC) will work to support the LGBTQI+ communities on their campuses. If you would like to contact a representative and share your views, feedback, events, etc., you can reach them through their campus pages on our Student Hub.