Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Ben Dharmendra
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students Yes

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

Student Orientation is facilitated through our Welcome Week (formally known as O-Week). This is a week of activities introducing students to the University, campus tours, clubs, societies and where to find help.

Welcome Week includes many different aspects, not just the traditional environmental aspects such as providing students with the tools (reusable water bottles, steel straws and reusable cutlery) and activities following on from Sustainability Week such as Twice Loved Market and food trucks with vegan/vegetarian food and free breakfast to ensure students get off to the right start. The University of Sydney (USU) also provide zero-cost Union memberships for low-SES students which entitles them to discounts across the USU outlets and free food to help combat food insecurity.

Faculties runs peer-to-peer support programs for entering students (UG and PG) for the first semester of their degree. Over the last three years, these peer-to-peer support programs have grown into specialised networks and groups.The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has groups for equity category students to reduce the impact of being an underrepresented group and provide equity category students with that all important social capital of a network to go through their University journey with. Equity categories include students with disabilities and First in Family students. Mentors are also from associated equity groups. The University also runs specific events for our LBGTQI+ students form all years, not just entering students. It is very common that former first years will be speakers and mentors at these events.

To assist our International students, the University runs talks online introducing students to Australian culture, including talks and information on Australia's First Nations people. These sessions build cultural competence and help reduce the cultural inequalities our international students face when coming to Australia. More info can be found here - https://orientation.sydney.edu.au/full-program/1773-introduction-to-australian-culture-140000/.
Our Welcome Week sessions are bilingual with offerings in Mandarin.

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