Nominations are open for the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Nominate someone in your team before the Awards close on 24 May.

Find out more about one of our previous Award recipients, Associate Professor Trish Mundy, who received the Vice-Chancellor’s Rosemary Cooper Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Trish Mundy has been a visible, outstanding and dedicated advocate for the LGBTIQ+ community by continually involving herself in policy change, celebrating LGBTIQ+ specific diversity days and mentoring programs. She was Chair of the Ally Network Advisory Committee (ANAC) for a period of two years, whereby the group expanded by 87 new members bringing its current membership to 234. Her dedication and commitment was demonstrated as she continued as Chair of ANAC whilst Acting as Head of School. During her tenure as an Ally/ANAC Chair, she was also an active member and participant of the Workforce Diversity Reference Group (WDRG).

Her strong support of the LGBTIQ+ inclusion was demonstrated through her active and substantiative contribution to the 2017 and 2018 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) submissions.

  1. What was the significance of winning a VC award to you?

Winning this award has given me a platform to raise the profile of the UOW Ally Network and the significance of diversity and inclusion at UOW more generally. The Ally Network aims to provide a visible network of empathetic people who are allies of students and staff who identify as LGBTIQ+; create a safe, nurturing, inclusive and affirming environment; build a support and advocacy network and, ultimately, to forge cultural change.  Winning this award helps recognise and affirm the fabulous work of the 250+ Allies across the university. 

  1. How did it feel to be nominated for an award?

When I learned I had been nominated for the Rosemary Cooper Diversity and Inclusion award I felt incredibly touched and honoured that my fellow Allies had taken the time to nominate me and recognise my contributions. I am committed to diversity and inclusion at UOW and, in particular, to creating a safe and inclusive space for our LGBTIQ communities on campus. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the many wonderful people who are part of the Ally Network.

  1. Why should people nominate for this award?

We are all enriched by having a truly diverse and inclusive university community; it is integral to our success as a university and as human beings! So, I encourage people to look around them and see who is furthering diversity and inclusion at UOW and take the time to nominate them for their valuable contribution.

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award nominations close on 24 May 2019. Nominate someone in your team today.