Partnerships, projects and social justice issues important to our communities are the focus of the University of Southern Queensland’s Social Justice Symposium.
Organised by USQ’s Office of Social Justice, the symposium will showcase projects that have contributed to improvements in student access, participation, retention and success
The event will feature sessions on USQ’s HR equity initiatives, Reconciliation Action Plan and projects funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education equity fellow Dr Cathy Stone will be the key note speaker.
USQ vice-chancellor and president professor Jan Thomas said the University embraced and celebrated the rich dimensions of diversity that made up its community.
“The importance USQ places in this area was reiterated with the five-star ratings in the key areas of student support and social equity in the 2017 Good Universities Guide,” she said.
“USQ has a strong background in providing diverse employment opportunities and an established record in anticipating and responding to the needs of students who sit outside of the traditional pathways into higher education.”
Ms Thomas said the social equity results were proof of the university’s focus on ensuring everyone had access to quality education, regardless of their background and where they lived.
The USQ Social Justice Symposium will include opportunities for networking, round-table discussions on social justice topics and poster presentation viewing.
This event is open to USQ staff, students and the public and will be held in the Steele Rudd Dining Hall.
This article originally appeared in The Chronicle – USQ symposium to focus on social justice issues