The GLBTI Representative provides a GLBTI student perspective to the NUPSA Executive. He/she is the voice of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex postgraduate students at the University, and advises the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect them. The GLBTI Representative also liaises with relevant student groups, the ALLY Network and key stakeholders throughout the University, and assists and supports students experiencing issues with sexuality or gender.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Liaising with the President and other Executive Members regarding matters specifically related to GLBTI groups within the postgraduate student cohort;
- Having contact with the ALLY network, the University’s Equity and Diversity Unit, the Dean of Students, and University Counselling Services;
- Being aware of issues arising locally and nationally on GLBTI matters;
- Advocating on behalf of postgraduate GLBTI groups and individuals within the University;
- Seeking advice from GLBTI student groups and individuals regarding their representation;
- Being accessible and available to GLBTI postgraduate students on campus;
- Being aware of University policy and resources relating to GLBTI student groups and individuals; and
- Attending some NUPSA workshops and social events.
Barrie Shannon – 2017 GLBTI Rep
I’m an Adelaide ex-pat and newly minted Novocastrian. I came to Newcastle last year to pursue Honours in Social Science, and I’m now doing a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology. In my previous life as a South Australian, I managed the University of South Australia GLBTI Pride Club and took part in organising rallies and social events for the GLBTI community. I’m proud to be back in a representative and advocacy role as I undertake my queer-focused research.