Western Sydney University has a number of Collectives that students can join. Collectives organise around and advocate based on foundational issues. Each Collective is self-organised, and is supported by Student Representation & Participation. Collectives are autonomous - this means that membership or decision-making power is reserved for students who identify as belonging to that respective equity group. Each collective has an elected campus Officer who acts as the spokesperson for the Collective.
The purpose of the Women's Collective is to provide support for women on a social, political and cultural platform and engage in discussions and activities that will further develop women's status in society. The Women's Collective also aim to engage in events that support women that have a background of violence, whether its sexual, mental, physical, or emotional in nature. The Women's Collective is located on every campus. The Women's Collective also maintains the Women's Rooms on each campus - a safe location for all women and female identifying students. The room offers an area to use for quiet study, breastfeeding, meetings and women's events. Current staff and students can check out the Women's Collective via Orgsync.
Women's Rooms: Bankstown 1.1.211, Campbelltown 2.2.05, Hawkesbury K4.G.74, Parramatta (South) EB.G.16, Penrith N.G.13
Western's Queer Collective is for students identifying as LGBTIQ. These student networks help provide peer support, resources and a safe space to our sexuality and gender diverse students, and those who are grappling with questions or issues relating to identifying as LGBTIQ. Current staff and students can check out the Queer Collective via OrgSync.
The Queer Collective is located on every campus. Each Queer Collective maintains the Queer Room. The Queer Room provides a safe place where all people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, or otherwise sex and/or gender diverse can relax in an accepting and inclusive environment.
Queer Rooms: Bankstown 1.1.211, Campelltown 4.G.07, Hawkesbury K4.G.100, Parramatta EB.3.16, Penrith N.G.12.
Indigenous student council
The Western Sydney University Indigenous Student Council aims to create a sense of community and inclusion for all Indigenous students from all Western Sydney University campuses. The council will manage and organise social, recreational, community and cultural activities in collaboration with members for members. The council will drive and manage dialogue on topical issues, social awareness and environmental matters for members. The ISC will also participate in programs which actively give back to community. Current staff and students can check out the Indigenous Student Council via OrgSync.
The Disability Collective is for students who identify as having a temporary or permanent disability (eg: physical, visual, intellectual, etc) or medical condition (eg: anxiety, rheumatism, diabetes, etc). The collective is open to all students who have sensory, intellectual, physical, mental and/or other disabilities or chronic health conditions. The role of the Disability Collective is to remove discrimination on the basis of having a disability and engage in activities and advocacy that will further develop representation of students with disabilities at Western Sydney University. It also serves to assist students who are registered with the university's disability services to have a presence in student representation. Current staff and students can check out the Disability Collective via Orgsync.
The Ethno-Cultural Collective (ECC) is a student led body that aims to create an autonomous, safe, and inclusive space for students that facilitates discussion around the politics and subsequent injustices that impact ethnic minorities and people of colour.
The ECC would also be a place where students work to create campaigns and advocate on issues specifically related to racism and discrimination. This collective is open to students who identify as having an Ethno-cultural background; a Person of Colour (POC), or identify as having a Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background. Current staff and students can check out the Ethno-Cultural Collective via OrgSync.
The Environment Collective (EC) aims to move our efforts beyond the false dichotomy of built and natural environments, recognising the indivisibility of our ecological, social and economic realities. As signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Higher Education Commitment, Western is committed to promoting the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which means acting according to environmentally sustainable principles. We will hold the University accountable, advocating for the integrity and rights of Nature, and the physical and psychological benefits which flow from immersion in thriving ecosystems.
The EC will continue to strive to empower the Uni – and ourselves – to adopt ethical and sustainable practices for the sake of Humanity and our Home. Current staff and students can check out the Environment Collective via OrgSync.