The Equity Representative is the voice of postgraduate students from equity groups. These include female-identifying students (especially those in non-traditional areas of study), students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students from rural and isolated areas, students with disabilities, and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The Equity Representative advises the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect students from equity groups. They also assist and support students with questions and concerns related to equity and diversity, and – if no International Representative sits on the Executive – assist with grievances raised by international students in relation to equity and diversity.
I’m a PhD (Architecture) student who was born and raised in a tiny town in North-West NSW cotton country, though I’ve been living in Newcastle long enough to consider myself a Novocastrian. In 2015, I graduated from UON’s undergrad Industrial Design program and I’m now a practicing designer and 3rd year PhD candidate. My research involves looking at how design and information-sharing platforms can be used to improve life for marginalised persons.
I’ve previously worked for an array of different not-for-profits, for causes which range from environmental to humanitarian. I was also on staff at NUSA for a couple of years. I’ve got all kinds of relevant life experience, and I’m one of those people who care about stuff. Like, a lot. I’m excited to be back in a role where I can advocate and assist, so please get in touch if you have an equity issue!