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. Since the National Report, the RNA team has been planning for what this approach looks like and how it will be carried out in 2018.
Led by Tatiana Lozano (Student Diversity and Inclusion Manager and RNA Project Lead), 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.
Tatiana Lozano - Manager and Project Lead
T: +61 2 9850 7380
Tatiana has been working at Macquarie University since 2010, initially as a training consultant and then as part of the Equity and Diversity team. She now heads up the Student Diversity and Inclusion team and teaches casually at Macquarie Law School.
Tatiana's background is as a lawyer and human rights educator, having worked as a lawyer for over 10 years in the community legal sector and Aboriginal Legal Aid in the Northern Territory, rural NSW and Sydney. Her education work expands across projects in higher education and in the non-government sector, focusing predominantly on the use of transformative learning to promote personal and social change in the area of human rights.
Tatiana is deeply passionate about working with universities to bring about social change that will contribute to social justice in the broader community. Such is her commitment to the work of the Student Diversity and Inclusion team at Macquarie which promotes the application of an inclusive ethos across the University and the Respect. Now. Always. project that aims to address the prevalence of sexual violence which undermines the cohesion of a just and equitable society.
Xuan Luu - Education Officer
T: +61 2 9850 6849
Xuan started as Education Officer in the Student Diversity and Inclusion team at Macquarie in early October 2017. He works mainly on the Respect. Now. Always. (RNA) project – especially focusing on developing an exciting education and culture change strategy that can be rolled out at Macquarie in 2018, and facilitating lots of training across different areas of the University.
A psychologist and university educator by background, Xuan comes to Macquarie with over eight years of experience working in the higher education sector. He previously held lecturing and educational management roles at the University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University, and the University of Sydney. Xuan holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate degree in higher education studies. He is also currently studying for a Master of Public Health.
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 life. He enjoys talking to, and working with, students and staff on stuff that makes a meaningful difference in the diversity and inclusion space. Xuan is wholly committed to the philosophy of developing and maintaining a culture of safety and respect at Macquarie.
Jen Smith - RNA Project Officer
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Jen started as Project Officer for the Student Diversity and Inclusion team in late October 2017. Her role consists mainly of developing an action plan for the Respect. Now. Always. (RNA) project which involves identifying best practice, collaborating with internal and external partners and applying insights from research and student consultations to the project’s ongoing development.
Jen studied Sociology, History and Philosophy at the University of Wollongong which included a year studying abroad at the University of Exeter, UK. It was in Exeter that Jen’s interest in feminist and social philosophy developed and after finishing her undergraduate degree she returned to Exeter to pursue a two-year Masters by Research specialising in the social and structural foundations of sexual violence.
Eager to apply theory to practice, Jen worked voluntarily on a campus-wide campaign that aimed to prevent and improve responses to sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus, which involved working with the regional police force, local victim support services, the university and the students’ union. Upon completing her masters, Jen worked with an international human rights NGO, providing gendered perspectives on humanitarian crises and current legal approaches to the European refugee crises. Jen’s personal and professional commitment to gender equity and preventing sexual violence means that she is looking forward to developing the RNA project, and promoting a safe and respectful campus for Macquarie students.
Evianne Grosvenor - SDI Research and Project Officer
T: +61 2 9850 1106
Evianne works as a Research and Project Officer in the Student Diversity and Inclusion unit 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. Previously Evianneworked 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 a lot of 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.