In November 2019 equity practitioners and researchers gather in Wollongong to attend the biennial Equity Practitioners in Higher Education in Australasia (EPHEA) and National Association of Enabling Educators in Australia (NAEEA). This was a key professional development forum for equity and enabling practitioners in a wide range of fields to highlight best student and staff practices in higher education. Practitioners and researchers specialising in enabling and equity across the higher education sectors in Australia, New Zealand/Pacific and internationally were invited to participate.
The theme for the 2019 conference was ‘Enabling Excellence through Equity’ with workshops and presentations exploring these sub-themes:
- Diverse genders, sexes and sexualities
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Maori, Pacific Islander, First Nations and First Peoples
- Disability, ability, accessibility and mental health
- Refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).
The conference focused on these sub-themes through the following streams:
- Pre-Access and Widening Participation
- Access and Enabling: Exploring Teaching, Learning (including TEL) and Co-Curricular experiences
- Leadership, organisational development and workplace diversity
- Transition and Engagement
- Collaboration and Partnership: Between staff and students, across the organisation, with community organisations etc.