As a student only conference, KOALA promotes and sustains a sense of belonging. We value and practice respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of everyone. We aim to identify and remove barriers (e.g. physical, procedural, visible, invisible, intentional, unintentional) that inhibit everyone’s participation and contribution. We try our best to demonstrate the values and principles of fairness, justice, equity, and respect, by being open to different voices and perspectives, developing an understanding of different cultures, experiences and communities, and making a conscious effort to be welcoming, helpful, and respectful to everyone.
We value the differences individuals bring to the KOALA Conference. These may be individual – such as personality, traits, identity, and life experiences; physical ability or attributes cultural and linguistic background, ethnicity, class, age, gender and sexual identity, disability, family responsibilities; religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs. To have a truly diverse event requires an inherent commitment, demonstrated through actions, that recognises and values these differences.
KOALA gives fair and just treatment of all potential conference participants through the creation of opportunities to address historic and current disadvantage for underrepresented populations. We hope to utilise these opportunities to promote IDEA to all participants. Equity requires an intentional commitment to strategic priorities, resources and respect, and ongoing action and assessment of progress towards achieving specified goals.
KOALA is committed to fostering attitudes, behaviours, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion and allows people to maximise their participation during the KOALA Conference.