2018 Respect Week Launch

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2018 Respect Week Launch

Respect Week at the University of Melbourne celebrates our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful University community that embraces diversity and is free from behaviours that place people at risk of harm.

Our 2018 launch event keynote speaker is Jason Ball, the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria.

Jason is best known as the pioneering LGBTI advocate who in 2012 became the first male Aussie Rules footballer at any level of the game to publicly come out as gay in the national media. Jason used this platform to launch a campaign to challenge homophobia in sport and drive cultural change within the AFL.

Since taking that stand, Jason has become a national figurehead on combatting homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of discrimination on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community. His story was the inspiration behind the AFL's world-first 'Pride Game' played between St Kilda and Sydney in the 2016 Premiership Season. In his role as an ambassador for beyondblue and the Safe Schools Coalition he has shared his story with thousands of people in schools, workplaces and sporting clubs across the country.

We invite all students and staff to come and celebrate the launch of 2018 Respect Week with drinks and light refreshments, and commit to Speaking Up and Speaking Out to contribute to a respectful living, learning and working community.

PresentersMr Jason Ball

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