UNSW Diversity Champions

The Diversity Champions’ role is to drive significant cultural change around equity, diversity and inclusion at UNSW. The five areas represented by the Champions are:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Flexible Work and Leave
  • LGBTIQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer / Questioning

 


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Arifa Sarfraz, Cultural Champion

Arifa is a passionate sustainability professional with over 17 years of experience in the field. She is a UNSW alumna and has worked in different areas of environmental sustainability across the campus.

In her current role as Sustainability Manager, Arifa facilitates the environmental sustainability vision, programme and engagement activities in the University. She supports the development and implementation of policies and strategies to ensure environmental compliance and sustainable practices. She is the lead for the engagement and awareness theme of UNSW’s latest Environmental Sustainability Plan.

Arifa is also a casual academic at UNSW Faculty of Build Environment. She is a certified Environmental Auditor and a trainer with extended experience of behaviour change management in complex higher education environment.

In 2017, Arifa’s community engagement-based recycling program at UNSW received a Green Gown Award from Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

 

“As a first generation, Muslim- female- migrant from Pakistan, a mum, student and part-time employee, I understand what it means to experience the challenges of diversity. I feel fortunate to be part of the change and hope to help to cultivate a culture and environment at UNSW where everyone feels safe, empowered and motivated to build a sustainable, socially just and emotionally fulfilling future.”


Learn more about Arifa here.

 
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Kristoffer Greaves, Disability Champion

Dr Kristoffer Greaves joined UNSW Law in 2018 as Deputy Director of the Practical Legal Training Program and Senior Lecturer. Kristoffer specialises in practice-based legal education, and holds degrees in Arts/Law (honours), a Master’s in professional education and training, and a PhD examining PLT practitioners' engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning. His scholarly interests involve evidence-based approaches to practice-based legal education, together with developments in professional and educational technologies and digital literacies.


“My lived experience with disability involves a life-long severe bi-lateral hearing impairment that requires adjustments to live, study and work. As a lawyer, educator and academic, I hope to make meaningful and effective contributions to policy, planning, pedagogies, and an enabling digital and physical environment to support equity and inclusion for all students and staff.”


Learn more about Kristoffer here

 
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Janelle Wheat (shared role) Gender Champion

Janelle is the Deputy Dean Education, in the Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney. Janelle is an interdisciplinary research academic with significant experience in diverse fields including radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Janelle's research interests extend from nuclear cardiology to oncology and the impact of chronic and terminal illness on the mental health of patients. Janelle has extensive experience in the development, management and implementation of learning and teaching and higher education policies, curriculum design, and the use of innovative learning and teaching strategies to enhance and support student learning. Janelle is a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow.

Janelle's experience across diverse Science faculties underpins her strategic leadership in the management of change within the internal and external higher education environment. Janelle is an external advisory board member of ‘Envisage’, an international program that connects female academics with high profile women who have had exceptional careers in academia and research. Janelle is a member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team at UNSW.


“I hope to improve the opportunities for women at UNSW and want to support female colleagues to reach their career aspirations. I want to influence the world for my daughters who are capable, intelligent and independent young women. Generationally, I feel we have a responsibility as parents and teachers to change the way we talk about role models and ensure women have the same opportunities to pursue their strengths as men.”


Learn more about Janelle here

 
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Adrienne Torda (shared role) Gender Champion

Adrienne Torda is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. She is a leader in medical education and educational innovator and has won the Medicine Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. She has a special interest in educational innovation and has developed a number of ways of incorporating digital innovations into teaching medical students including online learning tools. She has also co-developed executive education programs for development of other faculty and has taught medical educators internationally.

She is also a senior clinician at Prince of Wales hospital, specialising in Infectious Diseases. Her main areas of clinical research include immunisation of patients with special needs, antibiotic allergies, prevention of cellulitis and prosthetic joint infections.

Adrienne is a leader in gender equity and has attended the Harvard Medical school course for Developing Leadership in Women in Healthcare in 2018. She currently chairs the Women in Medicine committee at Prince of Wales hospital, is the patron of the UNSW Women in Medicine society and co-founder of the WimWam mentoring program for medical students at UNSW. She is involved in a number of programs to encourage, mentor and support female medical students and junior doctors as they navigate their career progression into more senior roles.


“I have a fractional appointment at UNSW and another at Prince of Wales Hospital, have four children and work as an education-focussed academic. These were all things I was told would hinder my career progression, but they haven’t.  As a woman who juggles career and family and embraces it all, I want to help other women – both students and staff. I am passionate about improving gender equity by broadening opportunities, role models and mentors.”


Learn more about Adrienne here

 

Patrick Armstrong, Flexible Work and Leave Champion

Patrick joined UNSW in 2017 to build and lead the newly formed internal communications area within the Division of External Relations. He has more than 20 years’ experience across multiple communications disciplines. These include internal, external and B2B communications; corporate affairs; journalism; strategic and change communications; issues management; sustainability; equity, diversity and inclusion; employee engagement; social media; and video production.

Before joining the higher education sector, Patrick worked across several industries including financial services; engineering; IT; government; media; film and television; advertising; and consultancy. 

Patrick holds Master and Bachelor qualifications in Communications, Journalism and Media Production. He is a Board Director at the NSW Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Patrick is a sessional academic at UNSW Business School and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He specialises in Communications, Public Relations & Marketing. Patrick is a globally accredited Strategic Communications Management Professional (SCMP).


“I have been a long-term advocate of flexible work and leave options and support my team here at UNSW with several flexible work options. These include job shares, part-time work and the option to work from home as needed. My view is that by giving people flexible work to suit their family and other commitments, they are more engaged and productive. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home dad for a period when my son was very young. That was 13 years ago, and it was considered very unusual at the time. It’s encouraging to see the Australian workplace has changed since then, but there is still a long way to go.”


Learn more about Patrick here.


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Bridget Haire, LGBTIQ Champion

Bridget Haire is an NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute, and lectures in public health and medical ethics. Prior to academia she worked in HIV and sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years as a journalist, editor, policy analyst and advocate. Bridget is a member of the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Diseases, the African-led Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, and a former consultant for the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Co-operation Program on sexual and reproductive health rights for the Australian Human Rights Commission. She also served on the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the South African HIV prevention study CAPRISA 008 as a medical ethicist and is the medical ethicist on the NSW HIV Assessment Panel for People who Put Others at Risk of HIV. Bridget’s research interests are ethical issues in infectious disease control with an emphasis on underserved or marginalised populations, gender, and sexual and reproductive health.  Bridget was the President of Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) from 2015-2018.


“Since 2015, I have co-facilitated the Ally training at UNSW with Clare Ellis. Through this I have learned an enormous amount about the kinds of stigma and discrimination staff and students have experienced because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. I have been particularly struck by the people’s differences can create vulnerabilities. This role is an opportunity to build a culture that has zero tolerance for bigotry of any kind.”


Learn more about Bridget here

More information

For more information on initiatives related to staff visit the UNSW Workplace Diversity site
For information on student equity initiatives visit the UNSW Student Equity support