Our students and staff are from a wide range of ethnic, linguistic and faith-based backgrounds.
We celebrate our cultural diversity through a range of events and activities, including:
Cultural Diversity Week
VU students and staff will celebrate Cultural Diversity Week from 18 to 22 March 2019 – in a series of fun and thought-provoking events.
This is the second year that VU is celebrating Cultural Diversity Week. Our activities mark the International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination on March 21 and coincide with the Victorian Cultural Diversity Week.
All week, at VU Libraries across all campuses, you can add your perspective to the Cultural Diversity Board: 'How do I connect and belong to VU as a culturally diverse university?'
Other events include:
- Lunar New Year theme
- African drumming and workshops
- Dancers, drummers, Bollywood workshops
- Lunchtime forum: Our cultural identify: connecting and belonging
Lunchtime seminars give VU staff and guests the opportunity to present ideas and research.
Diversity in higher education and the community can be discussed here in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
An example of this was the seminar 'A Double Whammy': What is it like to be a culturally diverse woman working in universities?, a discussion of unconscious bias in academia by Vice President of Planning Registrar Ms Teresa Tija; Associate Professor Nana Oishi; Siew Fang Law, Senior Lecturer, VU; Natalie Kon-Yu, Senior Lecturer, First Year College and author; and Cultural Diversity Manager Dr Teresa Fazio.
Lunchtime panel discussion – Our cultural identity: connecting & belonging
Attend a lunchtime panel of VU staff and students in discussion with special guest Wesa Chau, director of Cultural Intelligence, winner of the Australian Leadership Award 2013, and Young Victorian of the Year 2010.
For more upcoming seminars check: