The launch of the Change The Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017) in August this year highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to how we educate and empower our University community to better prevent and respond to sexual violence, as the Report recognises the importance of fostering a shared responsibility across our University to help shape a culture of safety and respect.
The RNA team oversees development and planning work dedicated to improving prevention and response to sexual assault and sexual harassment experienced within our University community. Through evidence-based education, awareness-raising, and action plan development, the team aims to enhance prevention and positive cultural change in the sexual violence context.
RNA is a significant part of the wider remit of the Student Diversity and Inclusion Unit (SDI). The SDI team is located organisationally within the portfolio of the Office of the Executive Director, Student Engagement and Registrar.
Telephone: +61 2 9850 7380 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)
Office: Level 4, 18 Wally's Walk
Penny is a registered psychologist, who has worked at Student Wellbeing in Macquarie University since 2010, as a welfare officer and psychologist. She completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie in 2016.
Penny has experience working in policy, research, evaluation and project management, as well as providing advocacy, support and psychological services. She has worked for services such as the NSW Office for Women, student representative organisations and services for people experiencing significant metal health problems and long-term unemployment.
As Manager of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Penny focuses on developing and implementing projects which promote students' sense of belonging and inclusion, and which work to create a campus where all students feel valued and respected.
|Telephone||+62 8 9850 6849 (Monday to Friday)|
|Office||Level 4, 18 Wally's Walk|
Xuan (pronounced "swan", like the bird) has held the post of Education Officer with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Unit at Macquarie since early October 2017. He works chiefly on the Respect. Now. Always. project, including spearheading a University-wide education and culture change strategy for the primary prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. As part of this work, he is Project Lead for Partnerships. Now. Always., an exciting new pilot project that focuses on engaging students as partners in campus-wide sexual violence prevention efforts at Macquarie. He also collaborates with other areas of the University on educational projects that relate to supporting students from a range of key equity populations, including students with a disability, students who identify as LGBTQIA+, international students, and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Xuan is a public health professional and university teacher by training. He holds a Bachelor of Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education), and a Master of Public Health. Xuan embeds into his work an unwavering commitment to the promotion and enhancement of individual and community health and wellbeing.
Xuan is fundamentally passionate about supporting students to be well, to feel included, and to be able to bring their authentic and celebrated selves to university. He enjoys talking to, and working with, students and staff on initiatives that make a meaningful and positive difference to how students experience all dimensions of university life. He is deeply dedicated to the mission of maintaining and strengthening a culture of safety and respect at Macquarie, where everyone has the right to feel included, accepted, and supported - anywhere, at any time.
Xuan's preferred personal pronouns are he/him/his.
Telephone: +61 2 9850 1106 (Monday to Friday)
Office: Level 4, 18 Wally's Walk
Evianne has held the post of Research and Project Officer with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Unit at Macquarie since November 2017. Evianne is working on the development of a new Diversity and Inclusion framework for the University that includes staff and students. She is excited about fostering Macquarie University’s profile of an inclusive, culturally safe and diverse work and study environment.
Evianne holds a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Her research focused on child sexual abuse and the involvement of the internet and the interaction with the legal system. Prior to coming to Macquarie University, she co-authored a report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Previous to her work with the Royal Commission, Evianne worked in the University of Cambridge Research Office, and she was elected and employed as the President of the University of Cambridge Graduate Union. To this role she brought substantial experience as a national advocate for bettering disabled people’s rights and opportunities in the Netherlands. As President, Evianne became passionate about supporting students in minority and disadvantaged groups. She successfully advocated for their needs and rights in the highest levels of University governance, including University Council.
Telephone: +61 2 9850 6526 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Office: Level 4, 18 Wally's Walk
Amber has been with the Student Diversity and Inclusion team at Macquarie since July 2017, She began as the Student Engagement Officer for the Respect. Now. Always. programme. Since then, her work with the team has evolved to also include the development of monitoring and evaluation tools for Respect. Now. Always. Amber currently holds the inaugural post of Project Officer, Partnerships. Now. Always., and is thrilled to bring a strong commitment to community building to this role.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in the United States, and recently completed a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research at Macquarie. Her background includes community organising, advocacy work, and challenging the status quo. She has experience in a range of NGO positions including health care enrolment in the United States, state-wide policy development and communications, and post-prison mentoring for women. Amber holds qualifications in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and utilises trauma-informed approaches in her work.
Amber’s passion to create social change is underpinned by knowledge related to the ways traditional power systems contribute to oppression and injustice. She is dedicated to elevating the voices of those who have, for too long, been silenced as a crucial component to creating just and equitable communities.
Amber’s preferred personal pronouns are she/her or they/them.