6 March 2011

The University of Queensland (UQ) has sent out an open invitation to its community to come celebrate its ninth annual Diversity Week with five days of activities from 23-27 May 2011.

With this year's theme of Advancing Diversity, UQ aims to challenge its staff, students, alumni and wider community members to consider how they might make a positive difference, nationally and internationally, in advancing greater acceptance and celebration of the world's diversity.

UQ's Diversity Week 2011 will be packed full of rich and vibrant entertainment including debates, public lectures, awards, dinners and art exhibitions.

Director of The Equity Office, Dr Ann Stewart, said Diversity Week was a chance to highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity of students, staff, alumni and partners.

“Almost 9000 of our 40,000 students are international, hailing from more than 134 countries, and the network of more than 180,000 UQ alumni stretches around the globe,” Dr Stewart said.

“Many UQ staff and alumni have played a transformational role in making the world a better place and improving the lives and circumstances of people, particularly those who are disadvantaged, in almost every area imaginable; engineering, medicine and public health, agriculture, science, conflict resolution, environmental sustainability, education, social science and across the humanities.”

The Vice-Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Award and the Diversity Week Alumni Award 2011 recognise outstanding contributions by staff, students and graduates of The University of Queensland who are pursuing inclusive initiatives that benefit others.

The awards will also include a panel discussion chaired by ABC Radio presenter Mr Richard Fidler. Director Co-Founder of Wotif.com and Chairman Uqef, Mr Graeme Wood, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) The University of Queensland, Professor Cindy Shannon, and Kenyan Peace advocate, Mr Joseph Hongoh are guest panelists at the awards night and will participate in an interactive panel discussion around the topic Advancing Diversity or reinforcing privilege? – The global role of universities.

The awards event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
For catering purposes please REGISTER your attendance before 19 May 2011.

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