Community and events

Deakin’s Inclusive Education Community of Practice (CoP) is a forum where people with an interest in providing an inclusive education can connect, support and inspire each other, whatever their levels of expertise. The Community hosts regular events, which are shaped according to the changing needs of its members. Members also provide an expert group to progress inclusive education at Deakin.

To join the mailing list for future events and to join the Community, contact Mary Dracup, Inclusive Education Project, Diversity and Inclusion Unit.

To learn more about inclusive education at Deakin, explore our Inclusive Education website, particularly our Inclusive Education Principles.

‘The main reason we decided to facilitate the community of practice was to help people who were doing really innovative and effective things to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students to come together to share ideas and support each other. The tremendous interest in Sally Kift’s presentation indicated the community could be quite large so we’re reaching out to everyone with an interest in inclusive education to come and talk, and learn from guest speakers’.
Mary Dracup

Inclusive Education Project lead, Diversity and Inclusion Unit

‘Striving for genuine inclusion in my teaching sparks many benefits, and also raises new challenges. I’m excited to connect with like-minded people through this community. It’s great to have a place where we can share our successes, exchange resources, and contemplate the tougher and more complex aspects of inclusive education in practice.’
Kate Anderson

Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health

‘It’s great to join a CoP that seeks to centre inclusive practice across the university. My interest is in heightening equity in education through building institutional capacity for proactively developing access to learning for all. Throughout my career as a teacher of children with disabilities, and latterly as an academic in teacher education, I have sought to highlight and redress practices contrary to principles of equity . I resist the ways in which some learners are rendered marginal through educational practices, and in recognition that inclusion is a collective responsibility, I am eager to contribute to developing creative and sustainable ways of overcoming exclusionary challenges at Deakin.’
Ben Whitburn

Lecturer in Education (Inclusive Education), Faculty of Arts and Education

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