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Diversity Week 14 - 18 August 2017 #utsforall #utsdiversity2017

A week of free events that celebrate the diversity of our campus community #utsdiversity2017 #utsforall

If you have any access requirements, please contact Sarah Houbolt at Equity and Diversity Unit.

Monday 14 August 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture Workshop

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An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Culture Workshop run by David Widders, a proud Anaiwan man from Armidale NSW. David is driven by a passion to make a difference for Aboriginal people and towards a positive reconciliation across the wider community. Topics covered include culture and value systems of Indigenous Australians, Australian history, racism, stereotypes and ethnocentrism.

Where: Building 1, Level 22, Room 18 When: 9:30am - 12:30pm

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Breaking the Binary Training

Five abstract images of people of different, bright colours dancing

'Breaking the Binary: gender, sexuality and body diversity' aims to unpack physical sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexuality and explore the gender binary and gender diversity. The session also covers the challenges and issues faced by the LGBTIQ+ community and strategies to challenge homophobia, transphobia and heteronormativity. Any UTS student or staff member can enrol in 'Breaking the Binary'. There is also an opportunity to become a UTS Ally by attending an additional Ally training session.

Where: Building 1, Level 21, Room 60 When: 9 - 12pm

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Lunch Time Talk: Trans misogyny and Trans feminisms

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This presentation will look at historical and contemporary critiques of transgender identity (which have mostly focused on trans women) and present trans women's own feminist theories to counter these ideas.

Where: Building 1, Level 21, Room 60 When: 1 - 2pm

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Racism Stops at UTS: Ensuring safety and respect on campus

Dr Soutphommasane and Ms. Veiszadeh with box in between, of red and white text "Racism. It Stops with Me"

This forum aims to challenge racism and Islamophobia and features the following prominent keynote speakers: Dr Tim Soutphommasane – Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission and Mariam Veiszadeh -  Lawyer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Community Advocate. This will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Saba Bebawi, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and there will be an opportunity for staff and students to ask questions and contribute ideas. 

Where: Building 6, Level 4, Room 40 When: 12 - 1:30pm

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Slam Poetry: No Walls, Just Words

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Join some of the finest UTS slam storytellers as they shout, whisper, rap, sing or scream their words of wisdom (or otherwise). Poets sign up at 6pm and will have up to five (5) minutes to perform a piece that explores the theme or their interpretation of our diversity.

There will be great clicking, positive vibes, free food and a whole lot of inspiration.

Where: Building 1, Level 3 (Concourse) When: 6pm

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Tuesday 15 August 

Techo Tuesday: Captions

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Join TEDxSydney speaker and Equity & Diversity Unit accessibility specialist, Sarah Houbolt, and FASS PhD candidate, Naomi Malone, to learn innovative techniques in captioning videos. This event is live captioned. 

Where: Academic Hub, Building 6 When: 12 - 12:45pm

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Sounding the Future: Live audio tour and curator talk

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Experience an audio described tour by Imogen Yang of the current exhibition at UTS Gallery, Sounding the Future. Following the tour, exhibition curator and artist Gail Priest and UTS Equity & Diversity Officer Sarah Houbolt will discuss the potential of audio description as a tool for understanding and creativity.

Where: UTS Gallery When: 1:30 - 2:30pm

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Film Screening: Defiant Lives

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Documenting the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the UK and the US, Defiant Lives looks at how activists around the world helped to free their people from incarceration in institutions, and came to a new understanding of disability by reframing it as a problem of society rather than a problem existing within individuals. It's a little known story about how people with disability have literally changed the world.

This event is captioned, and for audio description of the film, please download MovieReading app before arriving. 

Where: UTS Library When: 5:30pm

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Wednesday 16 August

Social Justice Markets 

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Join the UTS Equity Ambassadors and UTS student societies at the Social Justice Markets as they look at some of the key issues that are on the rise in Australian society. Engage in interactive activities to turn your empathic potential into a powerful tool for positive change. 

Where: Building 1, Level 3 (Concourse) When: 12-3pm

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Game of Risk

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Join the UTS UN Society in a Game of Risk. The game enables people of various backgrounds to problem solve global problems together. It is a perfect demonstration of the principles of privilege and equity. Running a game of Risk is the best demonstration of both shared experience and principles of international relations.

Where: Alumni Green When: 1-3pm

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Thursday 17 August

Food for Thought Day

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Join UTSoC, UTS Food Soc, and other fellow students and staff from across the university to discuss mental health and wellbeing on campus. Find out about UTS support services available to those who are in need of a little extra support.

Where: UTS Concourse When: 10am - 3pm


Preparing for Work: Accessibility

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When access is involved to get the job done, how do we best secure it? 

The A-Z of accessibility in the workplace, from negotiating access requirements from the start, to who can support us to find a job, to what happens if things are not going so well, and knowing that personal emergency evacuation plans exist and are good documents to have.

Hear from JobAccess and individuals with access requirements that have been there and done that. This is a session for students, staff and supporters to ensure that we get access right. 

Where: Building 1, Level 22, Room 18 When: 10:30am - 12pm

Register to attend (requires login to Careerhub)


A Lab of one's own: Women in STEMM creating our future

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Lunch and listen to a series of short, sweet talks showcasing some of UTS's fantastic female students and early-career researchers in STEMM, with Emily Quinn Smyth, Noushin Nasir and Samira Aili.

Hear about their ideas, research, creativity and innovation, hosted by ABC comedian and UTS alumna Zoe Norton Lodge. 

The event will be filmed for social media, and is part of the UTS Athena SWAN pilot program in partnership with the UTS Hatchery.

Where: Great Hall Balcony When: 12 - 1:30pm

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Film Screening: In My Own Words

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Join the UTS Indigenous Collective for a Q&A with Jack Beetson and Erica Glynn and a screening of “In My Own Words” which follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives. Free and catered event, please book tickets as spaces are limited.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-kjMI_9dw

Where: CB04.03.321 When: 6pm

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Friday 18 August

Bollywood Dance Workshop

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Join Dharsha from Monsuun Dance to celebrate our diversity by participating in a fun and vibrant Bollywood dance workshop! 

Where: Building 1, Level 3 (Concourse) When: 12 - 1pm

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Afterparty: Raise Your Voice and Unite

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Join us for the Diversity Week finale event at The Loft and enjoy a medley of UTS performers and entertainers as we celebrate the close of the 2017 UTS Diversity Week. 

Special performances by members of UTS Music Society

Where: The Loft When: 4.30pm

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