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Equity

Here at TUSA we are committed to ensuring all students feel safe and included. This page contains information and resources for students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, students that identify as women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students, and international students.

Who can help me with issues that I may have?

There are always people available to help you with any issues you may have:

TUSA Equity President

Meet TUSA’s Equity President, Veda Surapaneni (she/her)

TUSA’s Equity President is here to represent issues facing members of equity groups and chair the TUSA Equity Committee. Veda is the person at TUSA to go to if you’re not sure where to go.

Contact Veda through email at veda.surapaneni@utas.edu.au, and view their profile here.

TUSA State President

Meet TUSA’s State President, Sophie Crothers (she/her)

Sophie is the president of TUSA, and can help with any issues you may have, or direct you to the right person.

Contact her through email at Sophie.Crothers@utas.edu.au, and view her profile here.

TUSA Advocates

Have you met the TUSA Student Advocates yet?

The TUSA Advocates, Kate, and Jon are trained staff at TUSA, equipped to handle any issues you may have with the university.Our Student Advocates provide high quality advocacy and support services for all UTAS students. Their job is to help you achieve the best possible educational and wellbeing outcomes. Learn more about our Student Advocacy Service here.

 

The Student Advocacy team can help with:

  • Navigating the University’s rules, ordinances, policies, and procedures
  • Appealing decisions made by the University (including fees, compliance, academic progress, and more)
  • Making course enquiries, raising concerns, or submitting formal complaints
  • Accessing emergency food items, hygiene supplies, and other living necessities
  • Making referrals to UTAS and non-UTAS services when you need additional support

 

Student Advocates can also help you access free legal advice and financial counselling through our partner organisations.

TUSA Experience Leaders [TELs]

TUSA Experience Leaders (TELs) are students under each of the four major academic colleges. These students sit on academic boards and committees and are able to bring attention to any issues facing students within the colleges.

 

College of Health Medicine – Eloise Knuckey (she/her)

I’m Eloise, a queer medical student who is passionate about amplifying marginalised voices and creating meaningful change in community. If you have issues relating to your course – academic or otherwise, in the College of Health and Medicine, I’m the TUSA person to come to initially!
Contact Eloise through email at eloise.knuckey@utas.edu.au

 

College of Science and Engineering – Liam McLaren (he/him)

I’m Liam, an Honours year Bachelor of Science student from regional, far north-west Tasmania. I am passionate about promoting the environment and increasing student representation throughout CoSE. I believe in diversifying student voices across our College, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me to discuss your experiences at UTAS.

 

College of Business and Economics – Rakib Mashroor  (he/him)

I’m Rakib, a Postgraduate Business Student passionate about improving the student social experience and support within the community, as well as ensuring student voices are heard within the college. I’m the go-to person for students for any issues in CoBE – academic or not – so don’t hesitate to reach out to me and share what’s on your mind!

TUSA Equity Committee

TUSA Equity Committee – The TUSA Equity Committee is a group of students run by the TUSA Equity President. The representatives of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, international students, students with disability and indigenous students who meet once a month and discuss issues facing students from minority backgrounds.

 

Trenton Hoare (they/them)

I’m Trenton, a non-binary queer individual from nipaluna/Hobart, studying Sociology and Politics & Policy. I am passionate about creating an inclusive and equitable society for all, and hope that by being a member of the TUSA equity community, I can assist in assuring that all voices are advocated for!

 

Nousheen Naz (she/her)

I’m Nousheen, a third year PhD candidate from the school of Education who has a passion for serving others and positively influencing society through kindness, love and inclusion. If you are a student and have any issue troubling you, feel free to reach out.

 

Jack Norris (he/they)

I’m Jack, a second year microbiology student, from Nipaluna/hobart. I’m passionate about helping to make the world a more inclusive and safe place for everyone. And hope that being part of TUSA’s equity committee I can help achieve this.

 

Sylvie Manandhar (they/them)

I’m Sylvie, a queer identifying nepali student in Digital Design. I am passionate about creating spaces that promote further inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility for marginalised communities. Please feel free to reach out to me for any queries or issues that are troubling you.

 

Hannah McCleary

I’m Hannah, a fifth-year student, studying a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws. I am a proud Palawa woman, and am happy to assist students with any concerns, queries or questions related to this aspect of UTAS life, as well as with personal cultural identity and opportunities for First Nations students.

The Safe and Fair Communities Unit (SaFCU)

SaFCU responds to notifications of sexual assault or sexual harassment, concerns raised in relation to wellbeing or behaviour, reports of misconduct and the lodgement of general concerns or complaints.

Learn more about SaFCU here: Safe and Fair Community Unit (utas.edu.au)

Student Legal Service

The student legal service is a confidential and free legal service for all UTAS students. More information can be found via Student Legal Service – TUSA, and appointments can be booked via studentlegal@yla.org.au or (03) 7032 8200.

Cradle Coast Disability, Inclusion and Equity Group

This group exists for students and staff in the Cradle Coast Campus. It is a meeting to discuss access and inclusion at this campus. Issues talked about include disability parking spots, safe lighting on campus, and LGBTQIA+ event promotions.

UTAS Equity Committee

The UTAS Equity Committee is non-functional at the moment. When up and running, the group operates to fulfill the UTAS Diversity and Equity frameworks.

Find the support that’s right for you:

Queer at UTAS
Students with Disabilities
Women at UTAS
International Students
Indigenous at UTAS
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