The School of Optometry & Vision Science aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all staff and students regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, socio-economic background, sexual orientation or gender identification. We believe that staff and students ought to be able to enjoy their time with us without experiencing any sense of alienation or ill-treatment at the hands of either staff or fellow students in the university. As such, the school strongly supports and adheres to UNSW’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Policy in regard to these matters.

SOVS Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee

Committee Member  Representing Special Interests

Professor Mark Willcox  

Academic staff  

LGBTIQ+ 

Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay

Academic staff  

Gender violence and disability 

Dr Revathy Mani

Education focused academic staff

Female leadership and gender violence

Dr Parthu Kalaiselvan

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Low SES and wellbeing

Ms Karuna Darvesh

Undergraduate/Master of Clinical Optometry students 

Female leadership and low SES

Ms Tracy Kane

Professional and technical staff

Flexible working and carers responsibilities

Ms Nicola Kapo

Professional and technical staff

Gender violence and wellbeing

Ms Emilie Ross

Clinical staff

Gender equity and wellbeing

Ms Madeeha Afzal

Postgraduate students

International students 

Ms Azadeh Tavakoli

Postgraduate students

Cultural inclusion

Mr Wilson Luu

Postgraduate students

Low SES, disability, mental health and wellbeing

Mr Binod Rayamajhee

Postgraduate students

Low SES, social mobility and wellbeing


The school liaison person for any equity diversity or inclusion issues is Professor Mark Willcox (ph. +61 2 9065 5394), who will refer the issue where indicated to an appropriate committee member.