USQ takes ‘Pledge for Parity’
IN 2016 the world-wide InternationalWomen’s Day organisation has called for action.
It is encouraging men and women to Pledge for Parity, and the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Alumni Network is answering the call.
After the success of the inaugural USQ Shine High Tea last year, the USQ Alumni Relations team is busy preparing for what is sure to be another memorable and inspiring event.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the sentiment behind the USQ Shine program was about creating awareness and recognition of what was happening nationally and globally about this important issue.
“TheWorld Economic Forum has predicted that, at the current rate of progress, gender parity will not be achieved until 2133,” Professor Thomas said.
“Events like the USQ Shine High Tea give local community members and businesses the opportunity to come together to show their support for women’s causes as well as making their pledge for change.”
On March 8 at USQ Toowoomba, the USQ Shine High Tea will feature guest speaker Dr Maree Toombs, winner of the 2015 USQ Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Indigenous Service awards, fund-raising raffles, and a modern high tea menu.
The winners of two $700 USQ Shine bursaries will be also be announced at the event, making it a true celebration of the achievements of USQ female graduates.
SHINING BRIGHT: The 2015 inaugural USQ Shine bursary winners Stefanie Benitez (left) and Lauryn Girgenti had a wonderful time at last year’s high tea.