Key EDI Events

The following events highlight the diverse and vibrant community within UNSW Medicine and the importance of supporting an inclusive, welcoming and respectful culture. Our students and staff can thrive when they feel valued, respected and that they belong. 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. 



Harmony Day on March 21 celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This event is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background. 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Wear it Purple Day was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of real teenagers, real heartache and their very real responses. In 2010, several rainbow young people took their own lives following bullying and harassment restyling from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.

R U OK? Day is about inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October and is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.