The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) has become the first private education provider to join Australia’s only national program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, Pride in Diversity (PID).
The announcement coincides with this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Chair of Psychological Sciences at ACAP, helped lay the groundwork for ACAP’s membership of the program and said it was a momentous occasion.
“This is a significant moment, not just for ACAP, but for our sector in general - as we are the first private institution join the PID program,” Professor Nicholson Perry said.
“It makes sense that we leverage our knowledge and expertise in understanding human behaviour to ensure that LGBTI staff and students feel welcome and supported.”
ACAP’s membership of the program comes after recent national surveys revealed that a worrying number of LGBTI employees still feel excluded in their workplaces.*
The Pride in Diversity program supports workplaces to enact change in a number of areas including:
- Planning more effective strategies to promote diversity
- Methods for better responding to homophobia/transphobia
- Building awareness of the rights of LGBTI employees in the workplace
- How to respect confidentiality and sensitivities around disclosure
- Understanding terminology used by the LGBTI community and unique challenges faced by its members
Following PID membership, ACAP has announced one of its first moves will be to roll out a national ALLY Network at each of its campuses, to provide support for LGBTI staff and students.
The ALLY Network is a grassroots initiative targeted at increasing visibility and promoting an inclusive environment for LGBTI students and staff.
“An important part of our work is preparing our students to work effectively with a diverse range of people within our community – often when they are at vulnerable stages in their lives,” Professor Nicholson Perry said.
“We want to ensure that ACAP is a place where students and staff are fully participating in their studies.
“It’s important that staff and students not only achieve their best, but also that they also enjoy the process of teaching and learning and that is what we are hoping these new initiatives will help to ensure.”
More information on the PID program can be found online at www.prideinclusionprograms.com.au/.