Partnerships. Now. Always.

Partnerships. Now. Always.

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In Session 2, 2018, members of the Respect. Now. Always. team facilitated an exciting pilot project titled Partnerships. Now. Always. ("Partnerships"), funded by the 2018 LEAP Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme that is overseen strategically by Professor Sean Brawley, the Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Programs and Pathways).

What is Partnerships all about?

Partnerships employs a peer-engaged approach to sexual violence prevention education at Macquarie. It has two key aims:

  • To empower under-represented students from low socio-economic and other equity backgrounds as partners and co-facilitators in sexual violence prevention education efforts at Macquarie; and
  • To ensure an evidence-based, student-centred, and peer-supported approach to transforming attitudes, increasing knowledge, and cultivating bystander intervention skills with respect to sexual violence prevention across the Macquarie student community.

Meet the Partnerships team!

Partnerships has been led and overseen by Xuan Luu, and has been integrally supported on a day-to-day basis by Amber Loomis. As people from multiple equity backgrounds themselves, Xuan and Amber bring a strong collective and intersectional commitment to improving how Macquarie prevents and responds to sexual assault and sexual harassment experienced by students.

You are most welcome to find out a bit more about Xuan and Amber below.

Xuan Luu's profile image

PositionProject Lead, Partnerships. Now. Always.
Telephone+61 2 9850 6849
OfficeLevel 4, 18 Wally's Walk (by appointment)

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 his work, Xuan 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 psychologist, university teaching academic, and public health practitioner by background. He holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney (now Western Sydney University), and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) with Distinction from the University of Sydney. He is also presently studying for dual postgraduate qualifications in public health and health professional education, so he fully understands the nature and complexities of university student life. Xuan embeds into his work an unwavering commitment to the promotion and enhancement of individual, community, and population 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 closely with, both 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.

Amber Loomis' profile image

PositionProject Officer, Partnerships. Now. Always.
Telephone+61 2 9850 6903 (Wednesdays only)
OfficeLevel 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 has nearly completed a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research here 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.

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