Inclusive images

Ensuring you have diversity of people in images is important so members of our community feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. When you see yourself represented in visual materials it helps to be aspirational. The concept of ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ is very real for both students and staff. For students this is particularly significant as they are in a stage of shaping their future. You have a powerful role to play in carefully selecting images that not only will not reinforce stereotypes but also challenge these ideas.

Below are examples of common stereotypes and images that assist in challenging these ideas:

Woman smiles while going over work in a cafe

Stereotype 1: Students studying at university are young people coming from high school.

Female student wearing high visibility vest reviewing a printed document

Stereotype 2: Women are less suited for positions in science and construction.

Woman interacts with medical equipment

Stereotype 2: Women are less suited for positions in science and construction.

Male student interacts with model human arm

Stereotype 3: Men are not suited to care giving roles or professions.

Student smiles while speaking to a lecture

Stereotype 4: Women and people from culturally diverse backgrounds are less suited for leadership roles.

Attendees smile while walking at OWeek Burwood

Stereotype 5: Muslim women are oppressed, discriminated against and hold a subservient position in society.

Student prepares to drink a coffee while working

Stereotype 6: People living with a disability are wheelchair users. Not all disabilities are highly visible – anxiety could be depicted in subtle ways.


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