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Message from the CEO: Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity on International Women’s Day

Message from the CEO: Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is always a good day to reflect on the work we do here at Macquarie Community College and how it empowers women to reach their potential.

At MCC the majority of our students, staff and directors are women. We learn, work and connect with women as a strong point.

Breaking the Bias

The International Womens’ day theme this year is Breaking the Bias. In the words of the UN:

“Imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Imagine a gender equal world.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”

A Commitment to Inclusion

Today I celebrate that we are here to support the learning journey of the thousands of women enrolled each year in our courses –  without bias, and with a commitment to inclusion.

We are fortunate to have a rich, diverse mix of students, both male and female, from many postcodes, a range of ages, many different cultural and language backgrounds, different beliefs, differing physical and academic abilities, socio-economic advantage and barriers to participation.

We aim to practice our belief in diversity and inclusion every day so that the College is an equitable place to learn and connect with others. We welcome all. We live our commitment to make our students feel welcome, supported and respected no matter where they are starting from or where they are heading on their learning pathway.

The Power of Connection and Learning

Together we strive to achieve our vision –  stronger communities through the power of connection and learning.

Learning can be in any one of our huge range of courses from a short course in a foreign language to an English class or a full Diploma qualification in Childcare.

It is not just what they learn in classrooms that helps empower the women of MCC. We see the connections and friendships they make.

We know they meet role models along the way. We hear about the boost to their confidence and self-esteem gained from acquiring new skills and knowledge. We see the pride in their achievements as they complete their work-placements, their projects and their courses.. Connections are made to and between fellow students, with staff, employers, local community organisations, government agencies and to the broader community at large.

Enjoy the day and take a moment to celebrate the fabulous women in your life that have made a difference, that have empowered you and helped you reach your potential – and while you are at it pick up the phone or send them an email to say 'Thank you'!

Theresa Collignon