Diversity and inclusion

Diversity is vital to research, teaching and campus culture, and genuine inclusion is vital to diversity. SEFS is committed to creating change in order to advance diversity and inclusion in our community, by providing an equitable environment for our staff, students and visitors through a variety of initiatives and actions.

Located across three campuses on Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung land, we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. We endeavour to increase engagement with First Nations people in all our activities.

The SEFS D&I committee includes members from different career stages and disciplines at our three campuses. The overarching priorities of the committee include:

  • Actively championing diversity and inclusion to create a welcoming and thriving scholarly culture
  • Fostering a culture whereby diversity and inclusion is viewed as crucial to achieving innovation and excellence
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues among SEFS staff and students
  • Organising annual events to celebrate and promote diversity within SEFS such as IDAHOBIT, National Reconciliation Week, and NAIDOC Week, among others.
The Aboriginal flag above the Burnley building

Resources and information

SEFS Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Andrea Rawluk (Chair)

Andrea Rawluk (Chair)

Lecturer in Environmental Social Science
Areas of interest: LGBTQIA+ inclusion, gender equity, disability support, employment equity
Pronouns: she/her
Email: andrea.rawluk@unimelb.edu.au

Kathy Russell

Kathy Russell

Research Fellow, Geomorphology
Areas of interest: gender equity, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, mental health and wellbeing
Pronouns: She/her
Email: kathryn.russell@unimelb.edu.au

Nina Hinko-Najera

Nina Hinko-Najera

Research Fellow (Forest Carbon) and Academic Research Assistant (Ecophysiology, TERN-OzFlux)
Areas of interest: gender equity, parental support
Pronouns: she/her
Email: n.hinkonajera@unimelb.edu.au

Julio Najera

Julio Najera

Technical officer, Carbon/Biodiversity and Fire
Areas of interest: Indigenous engagement and support, gender equity, employment equity
Pronouns: He/Him
Email: jumana@unimelb.edu.au

Kevin Newman (RHD student representative)

PhD Candidate in Quantitative Ecology
Areas of interest: LGBTIQA+ inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, gender equity
Pronouns: He/him
Email: kdnewman@student.unimelb.edu.au

Matthew Swan

Matthew Swan

Research Fellow in Fire Ecology
Areas of interest: Parental support, gender equity, cultural and linguistic diversity
Pronouns: He/him
Email: swanm@unimelb.edu.au

Maddy Sbeghen (RHD student representative)

Maddy Sbeghen (RHD student representative)

PhD Candidate in Environmental Social Science
Areas of interest: LGBTQI+ inclusion, gender equity; cultural and linguistic diversity, disability support
Pronouns: She/Her
Email: msbeghen@student.unimelb.edu.au

Ian Woodrow head shot

Ian Woodrow

Head of School
Areas of interest: gender equity, parental support, cultural and linguistic diversity
Pronouns: He/him
Email: i.woodrow@unimelb.edu.au

Daniel Xu (RHD student representative)

Daniel Xu (RHD student representative)

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science
Areas of interest: cultural and linguistic diversity; international student support, employment equity
Pronouns: He/Him
Email: wxu4@student.unimelb.edu.au