UOW has officially opened a permanent rainbow-coloured staircase to celebrate diversity and inclusion at the University.

The permanent rainbow stairs, located outside the Arts building (Building 19) were opened by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE. In attendance were special guest former High Court judge the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Dr Quah Ee Ling Sharon, Chair UOW Ally Network, a network of people who are allies of students and staff identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and UOW community members.

The opening of the stairs coincided with the annual Chalk Rainbow event, an Australian initiated world-wide movement, which began in 2013 as an expression of community support for diversity and inclusion, specifically gender, sex and sexuality, and celebrates diversity and inclusion around the world.

At the event, Dr Quah, a senior lecturer in Sociology with the Faculty of the Arts, Humanities and Social Science said the installation of Rainbow Stairs on university ground is an important symbol that represents the University’s commitment to the provision of a safe and respectful environment for UOW gender, sex and sexuality diverse staff and students.

“Our hope is that when we walk up and down these Rainbow Stairs, we will be reminded of our commitment to celebrate gender, sex and sexuality diversity,” Dr Quah said.

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