Conference Organising Committee

Dr Brian Sengstock, Senior Lecturer/Associate Head of School Healthcare Sciences; Chair and Academic Co-Convenor Charles Sturt Ally Network
Rachel Walls, Lecturer Design and Content Creation, School of Information and Communication Studies
Carli Baker, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser
Dr Jacqui Tinkler, Senior Lecturer, School of Education
Deanne Tilden, Ally Campus Lead, Port Macquarie
Associate Professor Chris Campbell, Sub Dean (Learning Technology)
Dr Monique Shephard, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Future of the Professions Research Group
Dr Fredrik Velander, Lecturer, School of Social Work and Arts
Dr Holly Randell-Moon, Senior Lecturer, School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Dr Kasey Garrison, Senior Lecturer, School of Information and Communication Studies
Hector Rodriguez Valdes, Lecturer Faculty of Arts and Education; Academic Lead Pathways
Emmaline Lear, Manager Researcher Development (SFHEA)
Dr Jennifer Podesta, Graduate Research Development Officer
Kate Allman, Librarian
Hali Kramel, Community Relations Officer (Port Macquarie)
Vicky Frank, Strategic Projects Officer
Patrick McKenzie, Faculty Technical Manager
Bev Pigott, Faculty Finance Officer
Jeanette Cranny, School Executive Support Officer
Janelle Bateman, Senior Faculty Operations Officer
Annabelle Hillsdon, Director Public Relations and Communication
Simone Markham, Marketing Business Partner


About The Gender and Education Association

GEA is a volunteer-led international intersectional feminist charity. Since 1997, our community of educators, researchers, activists, leaders, artists, and more have been working to challenge and eradicate gender stereotyping, sexism, and gender inequality within and through education. UK charity number: 1159145



About Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt is Australia’s largest regional university. In 2021 the University recorded more than 40,000 students and approximately 2,000 full time equivalent staff. With predecessor institutions that date back more than 100 years, we are unashamedly a university of the land and people of our regions. Acknowledging the culture and insight of Indigenous Australians, we are privileged to have as our ethos the Wiradjuri phrase Yindyamarra Winhanganha. This phrase means the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in. Together, we strive to bring this purpose to life through our everyday actions and work. From our courses and student experience, our research and industry partnerships, to our community engagement, social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, we strive to make a difference. Our ethos and values demonstrate our commitment to social justice, social equality, diversity, and inclusion. This is underpinned by policies and programs that support our students, staff and community. We are about creating a fair and inclusive environment in which students and staff of all backgrounds can flourish.

  • Charles Sturt is one of the first Australian universities to receive an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award
  • We are Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • We are ranked #1 in Australia for undergraduate employment with eighty-five per cent of undergraduates finding a job in their field within four months of graduation
  • We are Australia’s first certified climate neutral university

About Science in Australia Gender Equity
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Ltd is our foundation conference partner. SAGE’s vision is for Australian higher education and research to be global leaders in gender equity, diversity and inclusion, providing safe and equitable workplaces where people of all backgrounds and identities can flourish. Using evidence-driven strategies, capacity building, professional development and collaborative practitioner networks, SAGE guides and supports employers to engage in a process of continuously improving their policies and practices to achieve transformative change. This process is the SAGE pathway to accreditation with the internationally recognised Athena Swan Charter. 


Privacy Collection Statement

The personal information that you provide here will be used by Charles Sturt University to manage and administer all aspects of your participation in the GEC conference including to communicate with you about the conference and inform you of university news and events. You may unsubscribe from further university news and events by emailing GEA2024@csu.edu.au. For the same purpose, we may provide this information to our event’s organiser. The University will take photos and videos of the event to be used in media about the event, make social media posts, and may be published on our webpages. We will not disclose personal information about you to anybody else unless you have provided your consent, or we are authorised or required to do so by law.

Please see the University’s Privacy Management Plan for more information about how we handle your personal information, how you can request to access or correct the personal information that we hold about you, and who to contact if you have a privacy enquiry or complaint.



Covid Safety Statement

We aim to run a COVID-safe event. All individuals have a responsibility to behave in a COVD-safe manner. 


As part of our commitment to creating and sustaining a COVID-safe environment, we ask you to: 

  • Maintain good hygiene and cough etiquette. 
  • Please bring a mask as it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask if unable to physically distance. 
  • Stay up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations. 
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell or have any cold or flu symptoms.  

Charles Sturt University will provide hand-sanitiser and a limited amount of face masks and Rapid Antigen Tests at the conference. 

Charles Sturt University audits the ventilation system of all buildings to ensure Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are operating as designed and regularly maintained. In addition, all buildings with a central plant have fresh air intakes open to 100% with these systems designed to bring in the maximum amount 10l/sec of fresh air. All buildings with evaporative coolers use full fresh air and do not recycle any air. 


For more information visit NSW Health 



Sustainability Statement

Charles Sturt has been certified Australia’s first Carbon Neutral University. On 28 July 2016, the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program certified Charles Sturt as ‘carbon neutral’ against the National Carbon Offset Standard. The University’s Sustainability Statement further confirms our commitment to maintaining a leadership position in sustainability practices in the higher education sector. Sustainability is a key performance measure for the University. Through our long-standing commitment to sustainability, we have a strong track record in achieving sustainability outcomes.