Equity and Diversity

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics maintains an active gender-balanced Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity committee with representation from all academic levels, professional staff and research students. Our committee was established in 2018, following the merger of the old departments of mathematics and statistics, to support a determination within the department to increase awareness and to engage with initiatives that ensure an equitable, inclusive and diverse place to work, research or study.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity committee will be working to draft a Workplace Culture statement that will underline our commitment to best practice and an ongoing culture of improvement, measurement and reflection. As this committee's work develops we will identify and publish our key performance indicators, in the area of gender equity, here, along with activities and initiatives that the committee and department have engaged with.

Our Resources and Support section below can direct you to many avenues of support for staff and students, can point you to training opportunities and includes further reading on topics like gender equity and LGBTIQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. We encourage you to take a look and don't hesitate to contact the Committee Chair if you would like to see anything added to the available resources.

Do you want to get involved? Great! Speak to a member of the committee to hear about what we're working on at the moment. In early 2019 we will be calling for volunteers to join working groups to establish a Student Culture statement, codes of conduct for casual academics, and 'good work practice' posters for our labs. MQ often holds events to support its diverse community, and the Ally Network is always looking for new members. There is so much more you could take part in too so feel free to contact any member of the committee - our details are below.

2019: Student Culture Statement

In 2019 we plan to establish a working group with representatives from both our undergraduate and higher degree research cohorts, together with academic and technical staff to begin the work around writing a student culture statement.

Resources and Support

Macquarie University provides comprehensive support for students and staff in the areas of general wellbeing, mental health and welfare, and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of education and employment.
Students: Wellbeing support and advice;  Indigenous students cultural and career support, and student spaces through Walanga Muru; support for our international students
Staff: Wellbeing support and advice; Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for confidential counselling and coaching; cultural support for Indigenous staff through Walanga Muru; diversity and community at MQ; accessibility support

MQ supports White Ribbon Day in advocating against and supporting those affected by domestic and family violence, and the Respect.Now.Always initiative at MQ supports a commitment to prevent and respond to sexual assault and harassment across the campus, to build a culture of safety and respect for all. The MQ Equity and Diversity unit coordinates a strong Ally Network which supports a positive and safe workplace for LGBTIQ+ staff and students - local contacts are listed in the following section.

Australian Human Rights Commission provide a range of guidelines and practical resources  designed to help promote diversity and prevent discrimination in your workplace

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live

Diversity Council Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation leading workplace diversity programs and may be a useful resource for addressing matters of diversity and inclusion in your team or research centre. In September 2018 Diversity Council Australia has released a new 6-part podcast - The Art of Inclusion - addressing topics from gender equity to mental health and disability at work, through to inclusion of LGBTIQ+, Indigenous and culturally diverse communities. The series features prominent voices and thought leaders associated with these issues in Australia.

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation provide support to young adults with early intervention mental health services, and promote young people’s wellbeing

indigenous.gov.au can connect you with policies and programs supporting Indigenous safety, wellbeing and culture

National LGBTI Health Alliance recognises that people’s genders, bodies, relationships, and sexualities affect their health and wellbeing in every domain of their life. They offer a range of resources, contacts and a knowledge hub.

Turing Circle support equity and diversity, and provide a safe space for LGBTIQ+ science and engineering professionals and students in Australia.

Acknowledgement of Country: Staff and students are encouraged to include an Acknowledgement of Country in the program agenda for small events and committee meetings. This is an acknowledgement given by the event lead that recognises and pays respect to the traditional people of the Macquarie University land. A brief explanation and example wording can be found in the attached > pdf document. If you are unsure about how to proceed or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the leadership within the department, or contact Walanga Muru directly.

Visit the Diversity and Inclusion webpage for more on how Macquarie University aspires to be a leader in promoting workplace equity, diversity and inclusion to reach the highest levels of excellence.


Department Senior Leadership
Head of Department, Prof Mike Steel: Tel. 9850 6475, Email: head.mathstats@mq.edu.au
Deputy Head of Department, Dr Maurizio Manuguerra: Tel. 9850 7838, Email: maurizio.manuguerra@mq.edu.au
Department Manager, Christine Hale: Tel. 9850 8947, Email: christine.hale@mq.edu.au

Macquarie University Ally Network local members
The Ally network supports a positive and safe workplace for LGBTIQ+ staff and students. Local members within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are listed below, and may be academic or professional staff. Please don't hesitate to contact an Ally Network member for advice or assistance.

Sophie CalabrettoCatherine PeningtonPaul Bryan, Hayley Prescott, Christine Hale, Lyndon Koens, Mike Steel,  Elena Vynogradova

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