Diversity and Education Conference

The Diversity in Education Conference is hosted by the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the NSW Teachers Federation, with support from Education International. It is a teacher union-focused event.

The conference is an international LGBTQ+ forum for educators to create awareness and understanding of gains and challenges facing LGBTQ+ workers within schools, and an opportunity to build community.

The conference will be held on Tuesday 28 February 2023, at NSW Teachers Federation House Auditorium (37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills), the day before the Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference.

Conference outline
The Conference aims to increase awareness of social justice issues facing LGBTQ+ communities within schools, as well as demonstrated pathways to achieve legal and policy reform.

The conference will have a global focus, which will include capacity building, sharing stories and experiences as well as information sharing to build solidarity and grow our education union movement.

The conference will also aim to connect participants with a view to learning from others who have various experiences from around the world.

The conference will cover the following areas:

  • Community and Culture
  • Justice & Freedom
  • Visibility & Inclusion

PROPOSE A SESSION
Expressions of interest are now open for members of the education community to propose sessions. EOIs will close on Friday 28 October.

Please complete a conference presentation application form providing details of the proposed session and content. The application should directly relate to one of the conference areas as described below.

Conference areas/themes:

Community and Culture

  • Inclusive Education: LGBTQ what does education look like for LGBTQ students? How far have we come? Are we regressing? What is the impact of anti-LGBTQ groups on education? Examples of how this is being addressed/how we can organise around this
  • increasing awareness of social justice issues facing our communities in schools, and how legal and policy reform has assisted/could assist to address areas of concern.

Justice & Freedom
This could include discussion about:

  • how to create safe learning environments for students and working environments for teachers. Could include examples of effective programs implemented (including GSAs)
  • how do teachers cover human rights / LGBTIQ rights in the curriculum with the various legal and cultural frameworks operating in various countries?
  • what legal/ethical/moral/cultural frameworks exist for educators in various countries and how does this affect LGBTIQ teachers in their work?

Visibility & Inclusion
Could include topics such as:

  • Visibility at work, opportunities to be authentic in working lives,
  • Celebration of LGBTQ days/ people /culture at work

Registration/application form

NSW Teachers Federation Funded Participants
Federation funded participants will need to go through an internal Federation process before being registered for the conference. The form for Federation funded participants is here.

Australian Education Union, National Tertiary Education Union, Independent Education Union, and all other Union participants both Nationally and Internationally.

The New South Wales Teachers Federation, has set up a pre-registration process to assist in the communication between ourselves and the education unions and to issue your delegate/participant or you, with an essential code to use in registration so they/you only pay the union member rate. The cost for union members is $250 whereas the cost for non-union members is $400.

Pre-registration form is here.

Registrations for the conference will be managed through the World Pride Amplify ticketing system and are expected to open in mid-October. The last date for registrations is 7 December 2022. Participants/their union will need to cover the costs of participants' attendance. This could include release and relief from school, travel, accommodation, and associated expenses.

Costs: Financial members of Education Unions $250
Other attendees $400

Education unions at various levels are encouraged to fund members' attendance. This is particularly important where individual finances are prohibitive to members' attendance.

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