Cultural diversity and inclusion in the UTS community
UTS is a culturally diverse university, with 50% of students born outside Australia, 50% with a language background other than English, and 1% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (based on 2018 data).
We recognise the value of cultural diversity and inclusion to the university and we are committed to promoting a respectful and harmonious culture, free from unlawful discrimination in line with:
- The principles of multiculturalism as enshrined in the Multicultural NSW Act (2000)
- Federal and state anti-discrimination law including the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
We aim to promote a positive and supportive learning and work environment for staff and students from CALD backgrounds and we do this in a number of ways:
- Policies - e.g. Equity, Inclusion and Respect Policy
- Training – e.g. cultural awareness, Indigenous cultural awareness
- Anti-racism initiatives – e.g. Racism. It stops with me campaign
- Celebrating cultural and religious days of significance
- Equity-related advice and complaints management for staff and students
- Staff network - Multicultural and Indigenous Women’s Network
Days of cultural and religious significance
The University offers leave for staff to participate in cultural and religious days of observance. (See the Enterprise Agreement under ‘Personal Leave’ for more information.