In a first for Griffith, a new executive role has been created, endorsing a commitment to Indigenous futures, diversity and inclusion.

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Cindy Shannon AM to Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous, Diversity and Inclusion) to the position starting immediately.

“I am honoured to be appointed Griffith’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous, Diversity and Inclusion),” Professor Shannon said.

“The role is a reflection of the values that Griffith holds at is core — a commitment to social justice, an acknowledgement of the strength in inclusion and the celebration of our diverse cultures and peoples.”

Known for her contribution in the field of Indigenous health, Professor Shannon is an award-winning academic receiving a Queensland Greats award for Indigenous health and education andappointed Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to Indigenous health and to medical education”.

Ngugi woman and descendant of the Quandamooka people, Professor Shannon will continue to provide thoughtful leadership and direction around diversity and inclusion at Griffith in this new position.

“Griffith has a strong commitment to living our values in the way that we operate,” Professor Shannon said.

“It’s vital that we embrace diversity in all that we do and enable a culture that ensures all staff and students are provided with a safe and supportive environment.

“I stand together with Professor Carolyn Evans, our Vice-Chancellor and President and the University Executive in leading this important work across Griffith.”

Previously Griffith’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), Professor Shannon provided leadership and support to Indigenous staff and students.

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