News story 2nd Sep 2015

Diversity and Inclusion Week at Monash University

Diversity and Inclusion Week is in full swing at Monash University, with events hosted by Monash Business School throughout the week.

Celebrated across Monash University's Clayton and Caulfield campuses from 31 August – 4 September, Diversity and Inclusion Week provides an opportunity for Monash staff, students and visitors to engage with and celebrate Monash's commitment to social justice.

Building resilience workshop

Presentation during the 'building resilience' workshop

"We are proud to be hosting a range of events throughout the week. It is important for us as a business school to celebrate the diversity of our staff and student community and our commitment to inclusion through these events," says Professor Keryn Chalmers, Deputy Dean, External and International.

"Already, we have seen great involvement of our students and staff this week, with many clothes and shoes donations for the Fitted for Work clothing drive, as well as great information being shared at the building resilience in children with disability discussion and culturally inclusive teaching practices workshop," she said

"We're looking forward to our other sessions this week, as well as the other activities organised across the University."

Our research

During Diversity and Inclusion week it is also important to recognise the leading research undertaken by our academic staff in areas such as gender equality, social inclusion, and diversity.

This research, which appears in leading journals and receives the support of government and industry funding bodies, is advancing knowledge and influencing policy. It forms a vital part of our mission to make a positive impact on a changing world.

Professor Gary Magee

Deputy Dean, Research

Our research projects include studies investigating gender diverse boards, child health, equal employment opportunity, professional immigrants and career building, the persistence and dominance of gender stereotypes, and gender roles and organisational practices.

Monash Business School events 

Events hosted by Monash Business School throughout Diversity and Inclusion Week include:

Building resilience in children with disability

Held Monday 31 August, this event was primarily aimed at parents of children with a disability. The discussion was focused on how we can better support children with disability to build their resilience and self-esteem. Presenters on the day included: 

  • Associate Professor Kylie Gray, Acting Director, Monash University Centre for Development Psychiatry and Psychology 
  • Dr Glenn Melvin, Senior Lecturer, Monash University Centre for Development Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Maryrose Hall, parent and advocate
  • Rukmini Bose-Rahman, Director, Monash Caulfield Childcare Centre

Fitted for Work clothing drive

Fitted for Work is a not-for-profit and volunteer-based organisation that assists long-term unemployed and disadvantaged women to obtain work and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency. Staff and students were invited to donate corporate clothing to help these women dress to impress. Clothing was collected at Caulfield and Clayton campus on Tuesday 1 September.

Culturally inclusive teaching practices

Presented by Catherine Barratt, Education Quality Academic at Monash Business School, this event deals with the challenges of a diverse higher education classroom. With students operating at different levels of language proficiency, cultural competency and abilities, it can be challenging to create a teaching environment and learning experience that is conducive to effective student learning. The workshop focuses on suggested strategies to facilitate effective teaching and learning practices with culturally and linguistically diverse student cohorts.

Not me! The challenge of unconscious bias

Dr Anne Lytle, our newly appointed Director of Leadership, presented an active workshop on unconscious bias. It challenges undergraduate business and commerce students to become more aware of their own biases towards others. In addition, Dr Lytle will cover some of the most problematic biases that plague the job market and what students can do to guard against them.

For more information on the activities as part of Diversity and Social Inclusion Week, please visit the website.