Vice Chancellor’s Pride Week 2020
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VISUAL: RMIT Vice Chancellor and President Martin Bean addresses the camera.
MARTIN BEAN SPEAKS: Hello everyone and welcome to Pride Week!
It feels like just the other day I joined the crowds at the Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda, wow so much has changed since then.
But one thing that hasn’t changed is RMITÆs commitment to our community and to the many thousands of individuals who make us who we are.
Our value of inclusion is strong and I’m proud to come together through our digital platforms to celebrate and honour our diversity.
We’re living in challenging times so it’s particularly important to take the time to pause and celebrate our progress.
We’ve recently had a strong uplift in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings which are designed to showcase how universities are working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
I’m proud to say we ranked number 1 for reducing inequality and increasing participation of underrepresented groups; and equal 5th for our efforts to end workplace discrimination based on religion, sexuality, gender and age.
We were also recognised as an Employer of the Year in 2019 for LGBTI inclusion with Pride in Diversity and we’re continuing to make sure it’s well deserved.
We’ve partnered with organisations like Minus18, to support young people who identify as diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, and Out For Australia to support mentoring opportunities for DGSS professionals.
We’ve published a new online learning opportunity called DGSS Introduction with the help of some wonderful volunteers, so all staff can build their confidence in what it means to be inclusive.
We’ve pledged to take a stand against homophobia in sport and submitted our first ever Pride in Sport index.
We’ve also launched a new Trans Ally Guide and a dedicated website full of resources to support our trans and gender diverse staff and students.
So, while we continue to discover new ways of working together, we’re also keeping the spirit of inclusion alive.
This week, let’s really celebrate the value that diversity brings to our University and the contribution we make in the world.
Because, at RMIT, especially in the tough times, we’re better together.
Noon Gudgin. Thank you.
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