Meet Our Disability Champion

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.  

Dr Alanya Drummond

Dr Alanya Drummond

Helping others in challenging times

“I will support those experiencing disability related to physical or mental ill-health in higher education. With lived experience of clinical anxiety, I will work to increase recognition of the breadth of circumstances that disable people, and how to manage common trigger situations in the classroom.” 

Dr Drummond is a UNSW alumna and lectures in Interior Architecture for the Faculty of Built Environment. She has been integral in the training of the faculty's sessional staff and is part of the team hosting the Sessional Staff Community of Practice. Alanya is a member of the Disability Champions Working Group and was recently appointed to fulfil Dr. Kristoffer’s championship role in late 2019.  

Dr Drummond is a member of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee in Built Environment, where she is developing a peer-to-peer support resource called BE Inclusive. As the Faculty’s Academic Disability Advisor, she supports students with disability to achieve an equitable educational experience.   

 “I hope to develop further peer-to-peer resources on how to behave inclusively on campus and boost the availability of RUOK practices to embed within our teaching and learning. I am especially passionate about ensuring our community is equipped with the communication tools to confidently ask for help in challenging times.”  

Dr Drummond is also involved in local government and is a current elected Councillor for North Sydney Council. Here she is working to implement the municipality’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan.