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Call for Presentations


The Equity and Diversity Unit of Western Sydney University, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, warmly invites submissions for presentations or workshops for the Australian Ally Conference.  The Conference will focus on best practice models of Ally Networks for staff and students and forging ongoing national links between Ally groups in Australia.  It will bring together professional and academic staff and students from across the sectors.  The Conference will provide opportunities for staff to participate in professional development and for student representatives to discuss and workshop issues of particular concern to sexual and gender diversity and higher education institutes.  There will also be the opportunity for academics to present relevant research and identify future partnerships to benefit the networks and potential partnerships. It also showcases the best practice from private enterprise and government.

We invite the submission for presentations at the Conference related to the following topics:

1. Best Practice

  • What is best practice to promote and support sexual and gender diversity?
  • What works at your institution? What doesn’t?
  • Is there the need for a national curriculum or resources?
  • How do Ally Networks adapt to address changing needs, forms and culture in Higher Education?

​2. Students

  • What issues do LGBTIQ students face in higher education?
  • What does it mean to be a student Ally?
  • Peer support programs
  • What other examples do we have within the sector of successfully engaging and supporting LGBTIQ identifying students?

​3. Staff

  • How to get heard and have impact as an advocate?
  • Activism, engagement, and strategy as an Ally Network, what works and what doesn’t?
  • What examples do we have of innovative and imaginative programs?

​​4. Research and Evaluation

  • National attitudes to LGBTIQA agendas?
  • Queerness – its impact on work and study
  • The latest research in LGBTIQA issues and community attitudes

5. Other Areas

  • The presentation panel  will consider any submission on issues of interests to Ally networks if you wish to submit something outside of the suggested topics.

Instructions for Submission of Presentations

  1. Abstracts of a maximum 200 words are invited by 29 April 2016.
  2. Abstracts will be reviewed and authors will be notified of acceptance via email by 13 May 2016.
  3. Please send your submission via email to Craig Hinley,
  4. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission.

Please submit any questions regarding this Call for Presentations to
Craig Hinley, Office of Equity and Diversity, Western Sydney University