Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The UNSW School of Psychology Equity Policy

The School of Psychology aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students and staff regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identification. As such, the School strongly supports UNSW's Equity and Diversity Policy in regards to these matters.

We believe that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (Questioning) students and staff ought to be able to enjoy their time with us without experiencing any sense of alienation or ill-treatment at the hands of either staff or fellow students in the University.

Meet the EDI Team

We are a group of individuals from the school who are passionate about supporting all staff and students with all things concerning equity, diversity, and inclusivity. We keep you informed of what’s going on around the university and hold events for the various awareness days throughout the year. If you would like to get involved, please contact us at psychologyequity@unsw.edu.au.

If you would like to find out more about us, please visit our school pages below.

Professor Skye McDonald
Dr Susanne Schweizer
Dr Jessica Lee
Dr Elizabeth Summerell
Dr Serena Becchi

Dr Stephanie Roughley
Emmalee Taylor
Ashneeta Prasad
Elizabeth Haris

Events & Activities

Wear it Purple Day
Every year we celebrate, Wear it Purple Day with a Purple Bake-Off and morning tea where we all wear purple!

Quarantine’s Got Talent
We held a competition when we had to work from home in 2020 to see all the creative things people had been up during this time. See the wonderful creations here.

International Women’s Day website
Each year we showcase the wonderful women and those who identify as women who are part of the School, here. If you’re not on this page and would like to be, send us an email!


Psychology Cares is a list of resources if you’re joining the School, expecting a child, or have found yourself in any type of carer’s role. Note, you will need a UNSW account to access this resource. If you are having trouble finding information or would like something included in this section, please get in touch.

AIATSIS provides information to create a greater cultural awareness of the history and cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples. Through 10 interactive modules, it will equip you with a foundational framework for collective learning and contribute to cultural safety in workplaces. It’s a great place to start reflecting on cultural awareness, and provides various resources for further study and activities. Get in touch if you would like to undertake this training.

Awareness days

These are the days for which we raise awareness throughout the year. If there is something you don’t see here but would like us to include, please let us know!

  • International Women’s Day (March 8), celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and raising awareness about women’s equality.
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31), celebrating trans pride and awareness and trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements.
  • National Sorry Day (May 26), remembering and acknowledging the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people forcibly removed from their families and communities.
  • NAIDOC Week (first Sunday of July for 1 week; 4-11 July 2021), celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.
  • International Friendship Day (July 30), celebrating a shared spirit of human solidarity to inspire peace and build bridges between communities.
  • Wear It Purple Day (last Friday of August; 27 August 2021), raising awareness, and providing opportunities and support for LGBTQIA+ youth around Australia.
  • R U OK? Day (second Thursday September; 9 September 2021), facilitating meaningful human connection to help people stay connected and to support people struggling with life.
  • World Mental Health Day (October 10), raising awareness of mental health issues and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people everywhere.

Faculty/University EDI pages

Click the links to find out what’s happening at the Faculty of Science and UNSW Sydney.

EDI email address

If you would like to get in touch or get involved, please email us at psychologyequity@unsw.edu.au.