Attitudes & Beliefs

You can make a difference

Our attitudes and beliefs dictate how we behave, speak, prioritise and live our lives.

They aren’t always conscious, and they are formed based on things like our personal experiences and social stereotypes, but they all impact our actions.  It's important to challenge negative attitudes or discriminatory beliefs so that they don’t evolve into harmful behaviours.

 

What does it look like?

Here are some real life examples of assumptions we've witnessed and some positive initiatives that challenge attitudes and promote inclusivity:

 

Myths

  • All women football and rugby players are butch lesbians.
  • You have to be skinny to be a member of the pole dancing club.
  • Rugby players are all sexist and arrogant.

 

Positive initiatives

  • NTU’s Cheerleading and American Football teams did a 'sport swap' to showcase the physical athleticism required for male cheerleaders.
  • All varsity teams wear rainbow laces in support of LGBT inclusion during varsity series.
  • The Burlesque club welcomed their first openly transgender member last year.

 

Being part of a positive learning, working, and living environment includes reminding the people around you of what is and isn't okay. Together, we can help keep the NTU community free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying. As well as being potentially illegal and subject to criminal investigation, such negative behaviours may lead to dismissal or exclusion from the university.

 

If you have been affected by someone’s negative attitudes or beliefs and want to talk to someone, get in touch with our Information & Advice Service.