UWA Sport joins the Welcome Here Project

26/06/2023 | 2 mins

Every June, communities across the globe mark Pride Month by celebrating the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community. Pride Month is a time to commemorate and celebrate the liberation and journey of the LGBTQIA+ community, and to reflect upon the need for ongoing commitment to combat discrimination.

Through sport at UWA, we embrace and celebrate diversity and foster and promote inclusion; creating an environment whereby all students and community members can come together and connect in a safe and respectful space. . We are committed to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community through our values to encourage and support equity, fairness and inclusiveness in all that we do.
To mark Pride Month, UWA Sport’s Acting Head of Sport and Senior Manager – Inclusion, Kristina Mitsikas, has communicated her continued stance against LGBTQIA+ discrimination in sport. 

"At UWA Sport, we remain committed to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and continue embedding inclusive practices and principles across all facets of our organisation. We do not tolerate homophobia, biphobia, transphobia or intersex discrimination within our community, and are proactive and committed to identifying and removing discrimination and promoting equal opportunity in sport for all."

Kristina Mitsikas, UWA Acting Head of Sport and Senior Manager - Inclusion

UWA Sport joins the Welcome Here Project
Delivering on our commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, UWA Sport is proud to join the Welcome Here Project, making an ongoing commitment to the development and enhancement of the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in sport at UWA. The Welcome Here Project was founded by ACON Health to support businesses and services throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities. 

As outlined in our Inclusive Framework for Sport at UWA and Inclusion in Sport Policy, we are committed to providing everyone at UWA equality of opportunity, experience, and outcome. Fun is a key component of sport at UWA, and we understand that in order to have fun, individuals must feel accepted, included and above all else, welcomed.

If you would like to discuss inclusion in sport at UWA, the UWA Sport Inclusion Team can provide advice and support to all community members – contact them by emailing [email protected].

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