In summary

  • Pride events are being held from Monday 5 – Friday 9 September
  • Events being held at Swinburne include a musical performance, pride march, BBQ, pronouns lunch and learn and panel discussion with Todd Fernando, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQA+ Communities
  • To celebrate diversity and inclusion, all are welcome to attend and engage with the Pride 2022 events taking place at Swinburne

Swinburne has a fantastic line up of events planned for Pride Week this year!

After a two-year hiatus, in-person events will again be held to celebrate diversity and inclusion at Swinburne and the university’s LGBTQIA+ community.

The week will feature the Swinburne pride march on the Hawthorn campus, as well as a pronoun lunch and learn and panel discussion with Todd Fernando, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQA+ Communities.

Keep reading for further details about these events:

Swinburne Pride Week 2022 Launch + Pride March

Monday 5 September 12.00pm to 1.00pm

ATC101 (Ground Floor) 427-451 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Start the day off with a BBQ.

A Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson, will be performed, followed by a musical performance by Pitta-Pitta, Maiawali and Karuwali man (Meanjin/Brisbane and Central West Queensland) Elijah Louttit on the Yidaki/Didgeridoo.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pascale Quester will deliver a welcome message, and a keynote message will be delivered by diversity 'trans-relator' and activist Sally Goldner,  AM.  Sally is a diversity educator, speaker, life coach and consultant. Her previous and other current roles include: founding member of Transgender Victoria; Co-facilitator at Transfamily; host of Out of the Pan on radio 3CR; and Bisexual Alliance Victoria Treasurer.

Sally received an Order of Australia in 2019, was the 2015 LGBTI Victorian of the Year, and joined the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016.

The program will be followed by a short march around our Hawthorn campus led by Professor Quester and Sally Goldner.  

2 x $100 Co-Ground food and beverage vouchers will be up for grabs for the two best-dressed pride marchers - so don your best outfits. 

Travelling from Croydon or Wantirna campuses? Jump on the Swinburne Pride Bus!

Register now and book your seat on a bus.

Lunch & Learn: Personal Pronouns

Tuesday 6 September 1.00pm to 1.30pm


Join Pride in Diversity's Elisabeth Lane (she/her) in this lunch and learn session on personal pronouns and the important role they play in creating an inclusive work and learning environment.

Register here.

Panel Discussion: Creating a Safe and Inclusive Culture for Trans and Gender Diverse Peoples

Thursday 8 September 2.30-3.30pm

SPS 136,137,138 building or Online

This hybrid event will explore ways in which we can create a more supportive, safer, and inclusive culture for trans and gender diverse peoples.

Panel Host:

  • Nancy Collins, Swinburne Ally Network Executive Sponsor

Keynote Speaker:

  • Todd Fernando, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities. Todd is a descendant of the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri nation, and identifies as queer with pronouns he/him. Todd is a leading expert in reforming social policy and cultural safety frameworks in public and private sectors across Australia. Todd is recognised as a strategic thought leader, with a commitment to improving outcomes and opportunities for all Australians.


  • Dr Ryan Storr, Co-founder of Proud2Play and Swinburne Research Fellow in the Sport Innovation and Research Group
  •  Jarryd Worland, Vice-President of Gender Agenda Club
  • Bec Miller and Libby Graham, Richmond Tigers AFLW players

This is an inclusive hybrid event and open to all Swinburne staff, students, industry partners and guests. Please contact ahead of the event for assistance with accessibility.

Register here.

Other ways to engage with Pride

At Swinburne, our Safer Community team aims to ensure our campuses are safe and respectful spaces for our students and staff. To kick off Swinburne Pride Week 2022, check out the Inclusive Language Guide document where you can learn about inclusive language principles and practice examples.

You can also watch the Inclusive Language Webinar recording, where you’ll hear from the Safer Community team and guest speakers from the Moondani Toombadool Centre, AccessAbiltiy service and Transgender Victoria. Don’t forget to access all of Safer Community’s resources by enrolling to their Canvas Shell (staff and student login required).

Additional resources on LGBTIQA+ inclusion is available on our staff intranet. This information includes guidance on pronouns , gender affirmation protocols and other useful resources.

Join Swinburne’s Ally Network. Staff and students who wish to actively and visibly support LGBTIQA+ inclusion at Swinburne are welcome to join the Swinburne Ally Network. The network hosts events and provides ally training. To find out more about the network and to join email

Related articles