RU OK? Day Thursday 13th September
RU OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask "are you okay", and to support those who may be struggling.
It aims to encourage a conversation about how those around you (e.g. colleagues, friends, family) are feeling, and highlight that asking someone in a meaningful way "R U OK?" can actually make a very big difference.
The key message is that when we connect with each other, we are better protected from personal distress.
If you are working with students, a series of powerpoint slides on How to Ask RU OK? are below.
Remember that staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at any time.
Students can access the services of Health Counselling and Disability.
Let's take this opportunity to connect and commit to having regular conversations to support one another.
Workplace Gender Equality Agency reporting
In accordance with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, on 24th July 2018 Flinders University lodged its annual report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). A copy of the report can be accessed here.
Athena SWAN at Flinders
Flinders University has been accepted into the Australian pilot of the Athena SWAN program run by the Science in Australian Gender Equity (SAGE) group of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
Flinders is one of 32 institutions across Australia participating in the pilot, and will be part of the second 'tranche' to commence the program in 2016. To participate in the program, Flinders has accepted the ten principles of the Athena SWAN charter:
The Athena SWAN charter
1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by transgender people.
8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.
Further information on the pilot can be found here.
Should you have any questions or wish to engage further with the program, please contact Lisa O'Neill.
Racism. It Stops with Me.
Flinders has signed up to the National 'Racism. It Stops with Me' campaign coordinated by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for activities or to find out more about activites supporting the Flinders pledge.