Greetings from the Student Equity Forum at University of Technology, in Sydney (slides & videos are available). I signed up because it was free, and I happen to be in Sydney. But this turns out to be a big event, both in terms of the more than 100 people present, but also the weight of the topic. Professor Mary O’Kane, chair of the Australian Universities Accord Panel, will be arressing the forum. A main aim of the day is to see that equity is addressed by the Panel.
When I arrived for lunch I did not know anyone here. This is because they are equity practitioners, whereas I am an educator. I am not exactingly sure what equity practitioners are, and feeling very much the outsider. But I did write some points on the panel issues, and made a submission to the Panel, which touches on some of the issues. My preference would be to build equity into the system, much as accessibility is, rather than have it an add-on.
Agenda for the Forum
12.00 pm: Registration and networking lunch
1.15 pm: Doors open to presentation room
1.30 pm: Keynote lecture - Student equity
2.10 pm: Presentation - Sector data analysis
2.30 pm: Q&A Panel - Responding to the Universities Accord discussion paper
3.30 pm: Closing remarks
4.00 pm: Event end & afternoon tea