The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) – making allies, forming networks

Mrs Clare Moseley1, Mrs Robyn Idewa Gede2

1University Of Southern Queensland, Ipswich, Australia, 2University Of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Australia

As a university with a 5 star social equity rating, USQ wishes to further increase its standing by making improvements in how we cater to the needs of our LGBTIQ staff and students. The university is also committed to being a leader in social responsibility and leadership in rural communities and, as such, recognises that supportive and inclusive policies may offer a protective factor for LGBTIQ students, including for safety and suicide risk (Jones, 2012). Therefore, implementing such policies can be viewed as an essential strategy for education providers.

The poster will reflect the following policy and practice initiatives of the university:

  • Ally Natters (monthly): shared by webinar with all three campuses and online. Speakers are from community organisations, staff members, and students past and present sharing experiences.
  • Ally newsletters (monthly): a vehicle to share news, events and support groups with the USQ Ally network.
  • USQ Library LGBTIQ Safe Place: this initiative will provide a visible and inclusive Library safe area for staff and students who identify as LGBTIQ.
  • Ally train the trainer: select staff across USQ will undergo the first ‘Ally train the trainer’ workshop, which will increase the number of Ally training opportunities.
  • Ally Champion: the DVC (Academic Services) has been appointed as LGBTIQ champion, representing the Ally Network at the senior executive level of the university.
  • The first USQ LGBTIQ student club has just been affiliated.
  • Ally Flag: flown at all three campuses on IDAHOT Day.

Biography:

Clare Moseley BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Prof Dip Marketing and Post Grad Diploma in Careers Guidance.

Clare Moseley is currently the Welfare Officer at The University of Southern Queensland based at the Ipswich campus.  Previously, she was a Student Advocate for The University of Queensland Student’s Union at Ipswich, Gatton and St Lucia.  She originates from south Wales, UK and has spent the majority of her career undertaking a variety of marketing, event and project management roles for the Welsh Assembly Government at their offices in Wales and New York.

Robyn Idewa Gede BA, PG Dip TESOL, BA Psychology (Hon), PG Cert Career Dev & Lifelong Learning.

Robyn Idewa Gede is a registered Psychologist and currently holds the position of Welfare Officer at The University of Southern Queensland, Springfield. Prior to this she was a Student Success Advisor, Coach, and Student Success Coach Coordinator at Griffith University for the School of Applied Psychology, Mt Gravatt. She has also worked as a Career Counsellor and Counsellor at Queensland University of Technology. Robyn has also taught academic level English to international students at Griffith University, and been an examiner for the International English Language Testing System at the University of Queensland.

ANZSSA

The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education.

For more information, please visit ANZSSA website by anzssa.com.

ISANA

ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education.

For more information, please visit the ISANA website at www.isana.org.au.

Conference Managers

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