In 2016, JCU joined the pilot of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program. This program aims to move towards gender equity in STEMM at universities and research institutes across Australia. In this presentation I will discuss the process of doing research into gender inequity at JCU, explain our key research findings, and consider how we developed an action plan that will hopefully move the university towards gender equity.
Theresa Petray is a senior lecturer in sociology and anthropology. Her research interests focus on activism and social change. Primarily her work is with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, looking at both traditional activism and other approaches like economic development. She has a keen interest in gender equity: she is on the Management Committee of The Women’s Centre in Townsville, and coordinated JCU’s Athena SWAN submission.