Joined Mar 23 2011
Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Maria writes and researches on social justice, diversity and equity issues in education and health. Her primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity.
Maria is also an External Faculty Member of Saybrook University, San Francisco, the Honorary Patron of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Victoria in Australia, and Founding Member of AGMC Inc (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), which is a member of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia).
Her books include "Someone You Know" (Australia's first AIDS biography); two collections of young people’s voices, writing and art called "Girls Talk: young women speak their hearts and minds" and "Boys Stuff: boys talking about what matters"; "So What's a Boy: Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling", "Being Normal is the Only Way to Be: Adolescent perspectives on gender and Schooling” (these last three books with Professor Wayne Martino); "When Our Children Come Out: how to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people", "Tapestry: five generations of women in one Italian family", and "Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools", which has recently been shortlisted for the US 2011 Lambda Literary Awards. Her first novel, "Love You Two" was co‐winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award.