Equity Diversity & Inclusion

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The School of Psychology aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students and staff regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identification. As such, the School strongly supports UNSW's Equity and Diversity Policy in regards to these matters.

We believe that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (Questioning) students and staff 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.

  • We're a group of individuals from the school who are passionate about supporting all staff and students with all things concerning equity, diversity and inclusivity. We keep you informed about what’s happening at UNSW and hold events for the various awareness days throughout the year. If you’d like to get involved, please contact us at psychologyequity@unsw.edu.au or contact one of the following members of staff: 

  • Psychology Art exhibition

    In 2023 Psychology held its first Art exhibition. Collective, or individual entries from all levels of the Mathews were invited with the general theme of science meeting art.  To see these entries click here.

    Wear it Purple Day

    Every year we celebrate, Wear it Purple Day with a Purple Bake-Off and morning tea where we all wear purple!

    Quarantine’s Got Talent

    We held a competition when we had to work from home in 2020 to see all the creative things people had been up during this time. See the wonderful creations here.

    International Women’s Day website

    Each year we showcase the wonderful women and those who identify as women who are part of the School, here. If you’re not on this page and would like to be, send us an email!

  • Psychology Cares is a list of resources to utilise if you’re joining the school, expecting a child or have found yourself in any type of carers role. Note: you will need a UNSW account to access these resources. If you’re having trouble finding information or would like something included in this section, please contact us

    AIATSIS provides information to create a greater cultural awareness of the history and cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples. Through 10 interactive modules, it will equip you with a foundational framework for collective learning and contribute to cultural safety in workplaces. It’s a great place to start reflecting on cultural awareness, and provides various resources for further study and activities. Get in touch if you would like to undertake this training.

  • These are the days on which we raise awareness throughout the year. If there’s something you don’t see here but would like us to include, please let us know. 

    • International Women’s Day (March 8), celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and raising awareness about women’s equality.
    • Harmony Day (March 21), a celebration of the diversity, unity, and togetherness of the numerous nationalities that make up our community.
    • International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31), celebrating trans pride and awareness and trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements.
    • National Sorry Day (May 26), remembering and acknowledging the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people forcibly removed from their families and communities.
    • NAIDOC Week (first Sunday of July for 1 week), celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.
    • International Friendship Day (July 30), celebrating a shared spirit of human solidarity to inspire peace and build bridges between communities.
    • Wear It Purple Day (last Friday of August), raising awareness, and providing opportunities and support for LGBTQIA+ youth around Australia.
    • R U OK? Day (second Thursday September), facilitating meaningful human connection to help people stay connected and to support people struggling with life.
    • World Mental Health Day (October 10), raising awareness of mental health issues and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people everywhere.

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Inclusive science series

UNSW offers inclusive webinars that give staff and students information about the importance of inclusive science, research and policy. The aim of the webinars is to display best practices regarding partnership, visibility and representation in science.
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Student initiatives

Enhance your UNSW experience by reading our Student Offerings resource pack. Or join us as we congratulate our inaugural EDI award winners and celebrate student success.
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Science History Trail

An exciting new initiative is being developed by the UNSW Science EDI Team with the aim to improve the visibility of diverse scientists. The project will rejuvenate traditional scientist characteristics by showing the images and stories of diverse science role models throughout history.
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Our newsletter 

For a monthly summary of the latest research and information on EDI matters relevant to science, subscribe to ExpEDIte: The Science Equity Diversity & Inclusion Roundup.