Update | Reformation of the DEI Working Group

Guided by the last year’s survey on re-formation of the DEI working group, and in consultation with the Diversity Council of Australia, we invite the members to re-establish a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presence in the college.

The steps towards a re-established DEI Working Group are as follows:
  • A DEI Special Interest Group will be established. Any interested member of the college will be able to join the DEI SIG, regardless of their background or experience. This SIG will provide a pool of lived experience, expertise and interest central to identifying DEI goals and actions for the college.
  • From this SIG, a leadership working group of ~8 people will be established. This leadership group will be elected by members of the DEI SIG, and will act as representatives for the DEI SIG and their interests. As well as this, the leadership group will be drivers for the goals of the DEI SIG, and will have the opportunity to work closely with the college to implement DEI goals, the direction of which will be steered by the interests of the DEI SIG.

If you would like to catch up on the summary of the DEI survey, which was presented by Hilary Byrne at EPSM 2022, you can do so here. For more information about the DEI working group, click here.

Still unsure what joining up to the DEI SIG might mean? The DEI SIG would be appropriate for:
  • Those who don’t feel they can commit to specific workloads or timeline, but would like to have an input into the direction of the DEI work for the ACPSEM
  • Those who consider themselves allies and would like to contribute and help the efforts of DEI for the ACPSEM
  • Those who are interested in DEI, feel they have the capacity to contribute time and effort, and would like to put their hand up to be part of the leadership group

If this sounds of interest to you, subscribe to the DEI SIG via the SIG and SG subscription portal (you will need to be logged in to the ACPSEM website to subscribe) by 11.59pm Friday the 3rd of March to receive an invitation to the first DEI SIG meeting. This meeting will be co-chaired by Emily Simpson-Page and Hilary Byrne. This DEI SIG meeting will provide an opportunity for feedback on the best way to ensure a diverse group of leaders for the group are chosen, and an opportunity for any members of the DEI SIG to give feedback or ask questions about what DEI might mean for the ACPSEM in 2023 and beyond.

If you have any feedback on this process, please feel free to contact membership@acpsem.com.au for the option of a confidential discussion.

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