La Trobe University statement

La Trobe University stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Examples of racism and inequality have been reported widely in the media in recent weeks, highlighting the fact that First Nations people continue to experience discrimination and prejudice. For Indigenous Australians, discrimination results in disparities in areas such as life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity when compared to non-Indigenous people.

On behalf of the University community, I affirm our support and respect for Indigenous students and staff at La Trobe. We are a diverse and inclusive community that values and supports everyone to reach their full potential.

We are committed to providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as individuals and communities through teaching and learning, research and community partnerships across all of our campuses.

We will not tolerate unacceptable behaviours or attitudes. Our community abhors racism in any form, and is committed to playing a leadership role for the community by addressing inequity and speaking out against racism whenever we see it.

Professor John Dewar AO
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor