Purpose and Vision
We at the UTS LSS are committed to protecting and supporting the diversity and inclusivity of the UTS law cohort. We recognise the strength of a community that authentically includes and represents the experiences of individuals from varied backgrounds. We have specific policies catered to ensuring the beneficial experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ identifying people, people from low socio-economic backgrounds, and linguistically and culturally diverse individuals.
We value the lived experience of diverse individuals and understand that it contributes to a wider perspective and a greater capacity to draw from more varied set of situations. As a client-centred service industry, we see the legal sector as one that will be enriched by the genuine inclusion of a diversity of people and experiences which represent the diversity of the Australian community.
We believe the UTS Law cohort will flourish among a greater appreciation of diversity, and with better outcomes from minority groups and people with disadvantaged backgrounds.
We aim to support individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential through their inclusion in access to all UTS LSS initiatives and events, and the Council itself.
We further aim to ensure that the UTS law cohort is an inclusive environment where diversity is appreciated and valued on a personal and systemic level.
We aim to identify instances where individuals face systemic barriers at UTS and advocate for them where possible.
We aim to strengthen and maintain ties with support services at UTS to give strong referrals to students to support their wellbeing.
We aim to establish specific initiatives to target disadvantaged groups in our cohort, and otherwise to link them with opportunities targeted to their experience and identity.