Grace ShollLGBTQI+ Officer
As a proud queer woman I am both excited and honoured to serve my fellow postgraduate students, and the wider Griffith community. I’m passionate about LGBTQIA+ intersectionality, as I live with physical and mental illness. Within this role I aim to start a wider conversation in the university about the impact of intersectionality on students, and look forward to working together with GUPSA and our postgraduate peers to address concerns in our community.
I’m studying a Master of Suicidology, having completed my Bachelor of Psychological Science with Griffith in 2021, and am a former member of the Student Representative Council (SRC). I’ve previously received the Health Dean (Research) Summer Scholarship, interning with the Australian Institute for Suicide Prevention and Research (ASRAIP), the Griffith University School of Applied Psychology Outstanding Contribution to the Griffith Community Award and External Community Award, and am a two time recipient of the Griffith Futures Scholarship for students who have experienced financial hardship and educational disadvantage.
I advocate for students on the Griffith University Equity Committee, and the People and Culture Advisory Group. Previously I represented Griffith students on the Learning & Teaching Disability Review panel, utilising my lived experience to review the current state of learning and teaching service provision for students with disability and accessibility needs, and making recommendations for action to enhance student experiences in the digital and physical classroom. Currently I’m a WALi (Wellness Advocacy and Leadership Initiative), School Engagement Mentor, and Student Ambassador at Griffith. I also volunteer with Griffith Mates, and am passionate about supporting our international peers.
I have a personal and professional passion for lived experience advocacy, and have worked with organisations such as headspace, Beyond Blue, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, the Queensland Mental Health Commission, the Queensland Family and Child Commission, and Queensland Health. During my time in Diversity & Inclusion with Gold Coast Health, I led the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) project, compiling a report on how LGBTQIA+ staff were supported in the workplace, socially and through formal policy, and assisted in implementing my recommendations.