Cultural Competence & Inclusive Teaching

Cultural competence and inclusive teaching are important elements of the university’s commitment to an engaged enquiry education.  The 2011 strategic plan confirms the University's intention to attract and support promising students whatever their social or cultural background and particularly to enhance the pathways and support we provide for Indigenous students.

Teaching inclusively is at the heart of this work. It means creating a learning environment where students, irrespective of their background can maximise the potential for their own learning and the learning of others. Valuing, understanding, responding to and celebrating diversity is at the core of inclusive teaching as it enriches the teaching and learning experiences of all students and staff. While inclusive teaching relates to all students, it is of particular importance for Indigenous students, students from low socio economic backgrounds, International students, students with disabilities, students of diverse social and/or cultural backgrounds, students from diverse religious backgrounds and rural and remote students as these cohorts have been identified through years of research as being historically excluded from university education.

Our aim is to diversify our student population and to widen the participation of all Australians in tertiary education.

These webpages bring together resources, initiatives and projects across the University designed to enhance widening participation, cultural competence and inclusive teaching. These resources are curated via collaboration between the University’s Social Inclusion Unit, the National Centre for Cultural Competence, and the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) in the DVC Education Portfolio.

ITL academic staff are leading two international research projects funded by the World-wide Universities Network.