Griffith is proud to be a diverse space where everyone is welcome. As part of our LGBTI inclusion and dedication to preventing harassment and bullying, all campus libraries are designated safe places.
This means it doesn’t matter what your gender, background or sexual orientation are. It doesn’t even matter what thoughts you had about Sophie Monk’s choice on The Bachelorette. You have a right to feel safe and welcome at Griffith no matter what.
While we’re on the subject of inclusion, have you heard about Griffith’s Ally Network? If you need extra support, or want to expand your understanding and knowledge of the LGBTI community, these are the people you want to know.
Or why not check out our online module Walking in Rainbow Shoes to learn more about the LGBTI community and get some tips on how to be a good supporter.
Most importantly, if you or anyone you know is struggling, Griffith offers free counselling services to all students.
Today is Harmony Day – 21st March – but we believe it’s so important, we made a whole week out of it!
The Libraries on each campus are taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence Project – this means everyone has been busy folding stars out of ribbons. This is a great way to relax and unwind during study breaks – check out the instructions, make a few and bring them into your Griffith Library. You can also make the stars at each campus during the Harmony Week celebrations.
We are also including recipes this year – so get out your favourite recipes and bring them into your Griffith Library as well. Choose a different recipe and make it for family and friends!
Last year, Naomi, a Student Partner, facilitated the drawing of a mural and encouraged students to contribute.
Originally from the Netherlands – but still finds herself on an adventure 9 years later! – Naomi studies Secondary Education and wants to teach in Far North Queensland. Being involved in this project has made her feel part of the community and she wanted to share that with others. Starting with her own drawing, Naomi would then encourage other students to draw the first thing that came to to their minds. Assurance was made to all students that ‘art’ is subjective and even a simple symbol can express who they are and how they feel about harmony, making sure everyone is included at Griffith University and in Australia.
The decision to hang the mural up was not part of the original plan, but the response from people all over Griffith University was positive and it now is in the QCA library. Naomi is honoured that we all think so much of the mural – a “stream of consciousness” if you will – and hopes that everyone got to feel the same sense of community that she did while working on it.
Get involved on every campus: