Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The School of Optometry and Vision Science aims to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all staff and students regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, socio-economic background, sexual orientation or gender identification.  We believe that staff and students ought to be able to enjoy their time with us without experiencing any sense of alienation or ill-treatment at the hands of either staff or fellow students in the University. As such, the School strongly supports and adheres to UNSW’s Equity and Diversity Policy in regard to these matters.

SOVS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Committee Member  Representing Special Interests
Professor Mark Willcox   Academic staff   LGBTIQ+ 
Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay Academic staff   Gender violence and disability 
Dr Revathy Mani Education focussed academic staff Female leadership and gender violence
Dr Parthu Kalaiselvan Postdoctoral Research Fellows Low SES and wellbeing
Ms Karuna Darvesh Undergraduate/Master of Clinical Optometry students  Female leadership and low SES
Ms Tracy Kane Professional and technical staff Flexible working and carers responsibilities
Ms Nicola Kapo Professional and technical staff Gender violence and wellbeing
Ms Emilie Ross Clinical staff Gender equity and wellbeing
Ms Madeeha Afzal Postgraduate students International students 
Ms Azadeh Tavakoli Postgraduate students Cultural inclusion
Mr Wilson Luu Postgraduate students Low SES, disability, mental health and wellbeing
Mr Binod Rayamajhee Postgraduate students Low SES, social mobility and wellbeing

The School liaison person for any equity, diversity or inclusion issues is Professor Mark Willcox (ph. +61 2 9065 5394), who will refer the issue where indicated to an appropriate committee member.