Be a Better Human

Welcome

Arc and UNSW have partnered in an initiative called 'Be A Better Human' in order to help strengthen a respectful and inclusive culture.Together we want to encourage everyone to do more when it comes to understanding, preventing and responding to disrespectful behaviours.

Over the coming weeks and months we will talk openly and honestly about key issues such as racism, discrimination, misconduct, bullying and harassment, as someone who has been affected, that persons friend and even as a bystander.

Join in the conversation and let's figure out how we can be better humans.

The campaign is called Be a Better Human, because we don’t just want it to be about what we shouldn’t do; we want it to be about self-improvement for everyone. And when we say ‘everyone’, we really do mean everyone. 

Respect Week is a safe and fun environment in which to learn more about other people's experiences, unlearn our prejudices and become more aware and inclusive – to become better humans. It’s an opportunity for students and staff to explore and learn in a safe non-judgemental environment. 

A bystander is a person who is present and witnesses something but is not directly involved in it whereas an active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes action to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

If you would like to talk to someone about a personal or professional matter that is causing you concern, free help, support and counselling services are available to students and staff at UNSW.

Whether you have been directly affected, are a witness to an incident or a support person, you can make an official complaint, an anonymous report or simply provide feedback.

The SBS Inclusion Program is designed to give all workers core skills and knowledge around inclusion in general, and also specifically around different diversity dimensions.

Report an incident of sexual assault or harassment, whether you have been directly affected, are a witness to an incident or a support person. 

Consent matters, each and every time. Everyone, no matter who they are, or where they come from, has the right to be respected and have autonomy over their bodies. Affirmative consent is a legal requirement in NSW as of 1 June 2022. Find out more about consent and how to ask for it.

In this ongoing video series we meet and talk to people who courageously share their own experiences, the impact it’s had, what they’ve learnt and how ‘active bystanders’ could have helped

Support services

If you or someone you know has experienced any form of racism, discrimination, harassment or bullying and would like to talk to someone about it or make an official complaint, a range of confidential services are available.

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