Author: Nikki Andersen

How non-indigenous Australians can be good allies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

How non-indigenous Australians can be good allies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

To be an "ally" is to be an advocate and catalyse for social change. Ally means partner, someone who cares. Ally is an alliance, not something you identify as. Although, the term ‘ally’ is prominent within the LGBTIQ+ community, I think we sometimes forget that non-indigenous people are important allies to First Nations people. I am … Continue reading How non-indigenous Australians can be good allies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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7 tips on creating an inclusive workplace for introverts

7 tips on creating an inclusive workplace for introverts

Culture makes all the difference to an organisation. Therefore, it’s important to build a human culture that gives people a voice, respects diversity of thoughts, and allows employees to bring their whole selves to work. This means embracing, valuing and including the introverts in your organisation. Here are 7 tips for creating a more inclusive … Continue reading 7 tips on creating an inclusive workplace for introverts

The art of wearing many hats

The art of wearing many hats

Lots of people wear many different hats. This year, I’ve worn more hats than I thought possible. I guess this is because I currently work in four different jobs. I am librarian (copyright), a Human Resources Officer (diversity and inclusion), a tutor (in higher education), and a freelance writer (I frequently write for 3 different … Continue reading The art of wearing many hats

10 tips for cultivating inclusion

10 tips for cultivating inclusion

Everyone has a role to play in creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and culture. Here are my 10 tips for cultivating inclusion: 1. Know yourself Get comfortable with who you are – the dimensions of your identity, your culture and the lenses that inform your worldview. Do not assume that you’re not “ethnic … Continue reading 10 tips for cultivating inclusion

Diversity and inclusion in libraries

Diversity and inclusion in libraries

It’s a critical moment for those of us working in libraries to talk about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice, and for us to make it the center of our work. I’m fortunate to work in a ‘slashed career’ where I get to foster diversity and inclusion in different contexts. For three days … Continue reading Diversity and inclusion in libraries

Undefining disability

Undefining disability

Last year, I was sitting in the waiting room of a hearing centre, along with a young mother and her toddler. The mother was talking to the receptionist and she said something that resonated with me. She said, “The moment I stopped being ashamed of my own disability was the moment I put hearing aids … Continue reading Undefining disability