Sexual and Gender Diversity at Flinders

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Universities have a key role to play in promoting cultural diversity among their staff and students. One dimension of 'culture' is sexual identity. Other dimensions of culture include gender, religion, disability, age, and ethnicity. Acknowledging and affirming the sexual and gender diversity of the Flinders' community requires in part an understanding of issues impacting on people who do not identify as heterosexual.

These web pages are intended to serve as a resource of information about sexual and gender diversity for staff and students at Flinders University.

For the purposes of these resources, sexual and gender diversity encompasses people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, queer.

Australian Workplace Equality Index

Flinders, as part of its membership of Pride in Diversity (the national not-for-profit employer support program for sexual and gender diversity), will submit for the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This index sets the benchmark for LGBTIQ workplace inclusion nationally, and will provide us with valuable feedback on how we are tracking - what we are doing well and areas in which we can improve.

While the benchmark does provide us with feedback on what we are doing at an organisational level, it does not provide us with data on the lived day-to-day experience of our sexually and gender diverse employees within our organisation.  Nor does it provide us with feedback on the views and level of awareness of our heterosexual (or 'straight') employees when it comes to sexual and gender diversity inclusion. To provide a balanced view of how we are tracking, the index allows us to participate in an optional, confidential employee survey.  This survey will provide us with that missing 'lived experience' data.  It will also provide you with a voice.

2018 AWEI Employee Survey

We would like to invite all employees to participate in this survey and to have their say in regard to our initiatives on sexual and gender diversity - this invitation is open to all employees, regardless of how you personally identify.

This survey is conducted by Pride in Diversity and accessed via the link provided below. You will be asked for broad demographic data throughout the survey, but no personally identifying information will be asked. There will be opportunities throughout the survey to provide free-form comments back to the employer (i.e. Flinders). This is the only time in which people can enter identifying information and  to ensure complete anonymity, we request that you refrain from entering any information that could personally identify you.  You may also choose NOT to answer question/s and you may exit from the survey at any time without completing by simply closing the browser. Should you choose to exit the survey before completion, none of your survey responses will be saved.

Flinders will receive back high-level trends with response percentages to assist us in understanding the voice of our employees.  The free-form comments throughout the survey provide you with an opportunity to anonymously feed back specific comments to us. Important Note: Please do not distribute this link outside of Flinders University, as it is unique to Flinders University.


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