Meet Our Parents & Families Champions

Everyone belongs at UNSW

Part of making you feel at home on our campuses is having Diversity Champions whose role it is to drive significant cultural change around equity, diversity and inclusion at UNSW.  

Mei Lee

“If students learn in an institution that celebrates diversity, they will grow to become better humans with greater empathy and compassion.” - Mei Lee

Mei Lee (she/her) is the Student Services Manager at the Student Hub. She is a first-generation migrant with two young children, and is passionate about working towards a more inclusive UNSW that values and supports students and staff with parenting and caring responsibilities. Having worked at UNSW for over 11 years, Mei is aware of both how far the university has come in its attitudes towards parents and families and the areas in which it needs improvement.

“As a working mother without family support in Australia, I had to return to work right after my entitled maternity leave while caring for my two young children. I understand the challenges of being a working parent, and how a flexible inclusive workplace can make a massive difference to young parents’ lives and well-being.”

Keith Ooi

“A happy family translates into a happy workplace and a positive and productive work culture.” - Associate Professor Keith Ooi

Keith Ooi (he/him) is an Associate Professor in Paediatrics at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health. He is recognised globally as one of the leading clinical experts in the fields of cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology and paediatric pancreatic diseases, and was recently awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant.

Keith is one of two full-time working parents of two young children and is passionate about contributing to initiatives to support the parents and families of UNSW.   

“The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly put things into context the importance of work flexibility to suit family needs and commitments. Prior to the pandemic, my partner was a regular international and interstate traveller for work. The lack of extended family support highlighted the challenges faced by a full time working parent, and having a workplace that provided flexibility was essential.”