Hey Divers 👋

Welcome back to Uni!!!! 🥰 We hope you've had time to settle back into the fast-paced rhythm of things, make new friends in classes, and stay on track with your assignments 🤓. We at diversIT have so much planned for this semester and we can't wait to share it with you! 🎉

We had the pleasure of running our own Monash diversIT stall at Clayton's Open Day yesterday 🥳! It was so nice talking to high schoolers interested in seeing the opportunities Monash has to offer, and we are so excited to host more events in the future! But in the meantime, keep reading for a refresher on our 2022 Committee, some exciting opportunities and current diversity news in tech 👀 👀

Get to know our committee!!

As the semester comes to a close, it is time to begin our recruitment for semester 2 - and applications to join the diversIT committee are now open! We have positions open in marketing, events & initiatives, and leadership (check out our role descriptions in the link above!). If you are passionate about making a positive difference and championing diversity in IT, this is a call for YOU!! 📣 Click above to find out more and apply now! 🥰

Keen for some fun social activities and an opportunity to make friends over the break? 👀 Look no further than MSA's Winter Orientation Camp! This camp is a great opportunity for both new and returning students to meet new friends, all while enjoying good food, exciting activities, themed party nights and more 🥳 Check out the link above to find out more!!

MSA Winter Orientation Camp

Studying on Clayton campus and need some fun to break up your day? Exciting news... Monash Sport have transformed what was once a courtyard into an awesome games and activities room! 🤩 The Arcade is a free space for students to participate in fun activities like billiards, darts, foosball and arcade games - AND it's open 7 days a week! 🏅 Check it out for some much needed fun between study sessions 🥰

The Arcade at Monash Sport

Tech for Good: Darks Ad Public Panel
5pm to 7:30pm, September 28 | Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University | Melbourne.
Join an evening of discussion on the issues raised by the use of targeted advertising online.
Hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S), this event brings together consumer advocates, researchers, and government representatives to discuss online harm and the future of advertising accountability. Panelists will discuss some of the issues raised by the promotion of harmful industries (such as gambling, alcohol, and ultra-processed foods), the circulation of mis- and disinformation, and examples of discrimination and predatory advertising targeting disadvantaged groups.

Register here

Tech for Good: Darks Ad Hackathon
28th - 30th September, The Oxford Scholar, RMIT University, Melbourne

Tech for Good: Darks Ad Hackathon to be held at RMIT University The Participants work with online advertising datasets with mentoring from researchers & industry experts to design forms of accountability for online ads through new tools and approaches. This 2.5-day event includes keynotes, technical mentoring, a multi-disciplinary team, and social networking.

Volunteer at Caulfield South Community House

Caulfield South Community House 🏡 is a not-for-profit organisation based in Caulfield South. They offer tons of programmes to the local community, ranging from learning & development 👩🏽‍🏫, fun & friendship 👯 and health and well-being 🩺🧘🏽. They are currently seeking an IT volunteer 🧑🏽‍💻 to assist another Tutor in a drop-in computer class, which aims to assist community members 👥 in any digital literacy queries they may have, such as learning how to use MS Office, figuring out a smartphone 📲, or sending off an email 📧. If you're keen on helping members of the Caulfield community stay connected, apply now to get in touch!

Accenture Virtual Internship

 27/08  Kickstart your tech career with an internship at a well-reputed, global professional services company! Applications for Accenture's Virtual Internships are now open, with opportunities to experience what it is like to work on a project that mirrors the skills their teams have and the work they do in the real world! But get in quick - applications close on the 27th of August!

ATO University Partnership Employment Program

 31/08  In your final two years of your degree? Keen on getting some paid, on-the-job experience? Look no further than the Australian Taxation Office's University Partnership Employment Program! It's the perfect opportunity for highly-motivated students in HR, business, commerce, law, information technology and STEM to do work you can't do anywhere else- work that is crucial to society. Click above to find out more!!


While efforts are being made in the IT industry to promote diversity and inclusion, there is still a long way to go. In Victoria alone, women only make up 31% of the digital technology workforce (less than a third!), and only 1 in 5 Australian IT graduates are women. Underrepresentation is also prominent in the number of First Nations Australians working in the IT industry- only 0.66% of the workforce identifies as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin (compared to 3.3% of the Australian population) Moreover, 71% of gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer or asexual Australian IT workers, and 76% of people who identify as disabled or as living with disability have reported experiencing discrimination at work. The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has recently released the 2022 edition of Australia's Digital Pulse, a critical, "pre-eminent report on the state of the IT Industry in Australia". This year, the report places a key focus on the issues of diversity and inclusivity, providing examples of the impacts of discrimination in the workforce and the social and economic benefits of increasing diversity.

Have a read of the 2022 Australia's Digital Pulse report here 🤗. 

Check out our website!

Why you should check it out:

  • It contains links to FREE software resources.
    eg Microsoft Office 365, Jetbrains IDE (To code in Python, Java, etc.), Microsoft Windows 10, Github Developer Pack (free private repositories to store your code)
  • It contains links to programming tutorials to improve in Python, Javascript, Java, etc.
  • It talks about diversIT and what we stand for!
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