Diversity and Inclusion
Our Diversity Statement
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of the lands on which our university is located.
In the Department of Biological Sciences, we strive to create a diverse community that is inclusive and respectful. We recognise, welcome and support staff, students and visitors from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, genders, gender identities and sexualities, people with disabilities, from all ages, and more. We believe a visibly diverse Department generates creativity, inspiration, productivity and a positive working environment.
We value this diversity and show respect in the way we interact with each other. We conduct our core mission (research, teaching, community engagement) in a way that is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate and contribute.
General Wellbeing Support
Staff: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Macquarie University staff & partners/family
Students: Campus Wellbeing counselling for students
QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
LGBTI Support Services and Organisations
Staff & Students: MQ Ally Network
An Ally is a staff member or student on campus who, through attending professional development, is aware of the issues faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. Allies become a point of contact on campus for anyone interested or affected by these issues, as well as an agent of change who challenge homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.
The Macquarie University QueerSpace is a safe room for LGBTQIA+ students, and their allies, to gather, study, and socialise on campus.
ACON provides a range of counseling services for LGBTIQ+ people in need of support and assistance. Call (02) 92062000
Staff: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling, coaching and wellbeing service free for all for Macquarie University and entity staff and their immediate family members. Immediate family members include children, parents, partners, grandchildren and siblings.
Students: Campus Wellbeing
We provide a range of services to improve your wellbeing and help you reach your potential during and after your studies. Our services are provided in individual, group or online formats.
Twenty10 provides a range of services including mental health support, housing, counselling and social support.
BeyondBlue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness.
Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
Staff & Students – Walanga Muru
Walanga Muru is Macquarie University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre. Walanga Muru is a Darug language name meaning 'follow your path'. At Walanga Muru, we seek to support and assist students to choose the right path to take, to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, and to emerge as strong, resilient leaders.
Country – App
There is a welcome to country app! It uses your location to tell you who’s land you are on and gives you a welcome!
This is an augmented reality app that you can use to scan Indigenous artwork and Sacred Sites around the world. This app brings the art to life with a story given in the local language and works without connection to the internet. See more about the Indigital Storytelling app here: https://www.indigital.net.au/
Indigenous Youth Climate Network
A movement created by Aborigianl and Torres Strait Islander young people to tackle climate change. To find out more about SEED see here: http://www.seedmob.org.au/
The World Indigenous Science Network coordinates a global network of Indigenous Elders with academic partners. See more here: http://wisn.org/
The HDR Mentor program provides peer to peer support for HDR candidates. HDR Mentors are HDR candidates themselves, and understand the challenges you may be facing.