Nicholas Steepe (he/him)
Volunteer Rural, Regional & Remote Scholar Liaison
Nic grew up in regional Australia and currently lives in Junee, New South Wales. After coming to terms with his sexuality at a young age, Nic faced the difficulty of family, peer and societal rejection which took a significant toll on his mental health. Whilst studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, Nic secured a job with headspace Dubbo, and contributed significantly to the conversation around youth mental health, marriage equality, and inclusion for LGBTIQ+ individuals within the Central West. Nic was also the first in his immediate family to graduate from university.
After completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management, Nic began working as a Project Manager, Equality & Diversity for Charles Sturt University at the start of 2018. Nic also completed a Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice, Research/Dissertation strand) with Distinction at the end of 2019.
Nic is committed and passionate about promoting inclusion and support for regional LGBTIQ+ individuals. He was named the Young Professional of the Year in the Out for Australia LGBTIQ Role Model Awards 2018, as well as the Out Role Model at the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) 2019.
Nic was National Scholar Manager from 2016 until mid-2021 after receiving a scholarship from The Pinnacle Foundation in 2015. He assumed his current role after helping to scope and hire the Foundation’s first paid Scholar & Mentor Manager (to support further growth in The Pinnacle Foundation program).