Diversity and Inclusion at ABP

At the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, we are committed to supporting excellence in the built environment sector and empowering the future generation of built environment professionals. To achieve this, we create space for diversity in all its forms to thrive, deepen inclusive practice and culture, and embed diversity and inclusion in all we do.

ABP Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Statement

We are committed to shaping a welcoming, equitable and inclusive place for research and education, attracting a diverse mix of talented staff and students working purposefully with engaged partners for public good. We listen with respect and humility, we acknowledge traditional Indigenous custodians, and we continue to pursue meaningful connections to create a community of care that is rooted in respect, conviviality and collegiality.

We recognise the path ahead to overcome disadvantage is a complex one but, together as a community strengthened by diverse voices, we are determined to discover a better way of supporting each other and living in solidarity together to meet the needs of future generations. We are modest about our capacity to change the world, but we are bold enough to assert our attempt to do so as built environment teachers, students and researchers.

ABP seeks a world beyond the narrow confines of singular disciplinary perspectives, one which celebrates our diversity as critical ingredients for the social imaginary of a progressive world.

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) was created as an advisory group that provides leadership, partnership and advice to advance diversity and inclusion goals in ABP. to proactively address issues of social equity and diversity within the faculty, creating opportunities for diversity and inclusion to thrive.

Learn more about the Committee, its Terms of Reference and Membership [Staff Only]

Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

To help achieve diversity and inclusion, we will oversee through the development, implementation and evaluation of the D&I Action Plan. The Action Plan is our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion goals in the faculty, as a post COVID community, build on ABP’s already strong social fabric and continuing to shape a workplace and learning culture which enables social inclusion and full participation of all staff and students.

To help achieve diversity and inclusion, we will oversee through the development, implementation and evaluation of the D&I Action Plan. The Action Plan is our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion goals in the faculty.

Diversity and Inclusion Actions and Initiatives

Find out more about what we’re doing in the following focus areas:

  • Advancing Reconciliation
  • Addressing gender equity
  • Supporting cultural diversity
  • Accessibility and Disability Inclusion
  • Community Outreach
  • Awards and grants

If you would like to join the ABP D&I Reference Group or contribute to a Working Group, please contact us at ABP-diversity@unimelb.edu.au

Indigenising our curriculum

The Indigenous Cultural Design Competency (ICDC) curriculum will ‘teach the teachers’ and is developed in partnership with Traditional Owners. The ICDC showcases and celebrates Indigenous culture through beautiful and interactive online modules, which engage with the intersection of Indigenous culture, the built environment and education.

Narrated by Uncle Jack Charles, the modules include audio, video and a variety of learning hooks – a shift away from the banal online induction model. The ICDC modules are self-paced, enjoyable and straightforward.

Our collective aspiration in undertaking this training is to take ownership of the contribution we can make in your classrooms – become an empowered advocate for Indigenous knowledge systems, as they relate to our built environment, and share this knowledge with our students.

Hear Jefa Greenaway on the development of the training modules:

ABP - Indigenous Cultural Design Competency

Addressing Gender Equality

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