Education

University of NSW

In August 2014, the University of NSW became a supporter of Racism. It Stops With Me. To announce their support, UNSW held a public launch event, with the Race Discrimination Commissioner, ABC TV’s Jeremy Fernandez and comedian Sam McCool asked to address the crowd. At the event, which also featured an artistic performance from students at Chester Hill High School, the university launched their own Racism. It Stops With Me @UNSW campaign.

As part of Racism. It Stops With Me @UNSW, the university has undertaken various activities. It has helped develop and promote an anti-racism animation, has recorded and uploaded videos of students and staff speaking about their experiences and understanding of racism, held an art exhibition showcasing ‘Insha’Allah Surfboards’ by Philip George decorated with Islamic and Christian motifs, and a slam poetry workshop and performance with reigning Australian Poetry Slam Champion Zohab Khan. These activities aim to challenge cultural stereotypes and raise awareness of the damaging effects of racism.

Image of postcard with painted surfboard   Screenshot of anti-racism graphic

University of Tasmania

The UTAS Report It Network provides students who have encountered harassment, aggression or discrimination with an accessible online reporting tool which acts as an access point to a campus-based support network.

The Report It initiative aims to make it easier for students to access support if they experience harassment by providing a network of trusted individuals for students to contact. Network members’ role is to ensure students feel supported and to put them in contact with existing reporting channels. UTAS recognised that recently-arrived migrant students and international students are in particular need of support, because they are more likely to encounter certain kinds of harassment or abuse and often do not have the personal support networks that local students might.

The online referral tool was designed with bystanders in mind, making it easy for witnesses to get quick advice on what steps to take if they see racism or discrimination. The goal is to ensure individuals in the university community feel empowered to act to protect students’ safety and rights.

The project shows the value of a targeted response to an identified need. The issue was not that support services did not exist, but that a particular group of students weren’t aware of them or didn’t know how to access them. The UTAS Report It Network provides a pathway for students seek support through the existing channels.

Project partners UTAS Security, TAS Police, OADC, UTAS HR, UTAS Student Centre all provided input, and the project was carefully designed not to duplicate or replace existing processes or services. Rather it encourages more people to act to address harassment, aggression or discrimination at the University.

More information can be found at the Report It website.

 

University of Western Australia

The Courageous Conversations About Race initiative, implemented by UWA (developed by Glenn Singleton, CEO, Pacific Educational Group) seeks to enable people to develop greater confidence and capacity to work effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The core element of this strategy is a highly interactive ’conversation’ that has constructively engaged the campus community in a dialogue around race and community harmony, encouraging staff and students to become comfortable with difference, and to reflect on how systemic racial discrimination impacts on the Australian community.

The core component of the CCAR strategy is a transformative workshop that engages participants in an honest and constructive dialogue. Participants are invited, through experiential narrative, values-based exercises, critical analysis and ‘guided’ self-reflection, to:

The Courageous Conversations initiative has received high levels of positive feedback from participants and is now a regular feature on the annual UWA staff development calendar. The material is also embedded within the curriculum and staff experience across all faculties. Since its inception, more than 3,000 staff and 5,000 students have participated in the CCAR workshops and is now being emulated in fourteen other universities in Australia and New Zealand. 

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University of Western Sydney

The University of Western Sydney(UWS) has developed The Challenging Racism Project in conjunction with academics at other universities. As part of this project, UWS is looking into why bystander action is important and what bystanders can do when they witness racism. Since signing up the campaign, UWS launched a Bystander Anti-Racism Projectin 2014 alongside their support of the campaign. As part of this project UWS has developed the following:

More information on UWS’ Challenging Racism project, visit their website.

  • gain knowledge around how race, power and privilege interact and play out in contemporary Australian institutions, reflecting the broader society
  • unpack their own unique racial story, linking it to the local, national and global context
  • explore how the combination of ‘whiteness’ and ‘privilege’ contributes directly to race-based inequity and power differentials, and
  • utilise the above insights to drive social and cultural transformation. This final component, when conducted in faculties, is contextualised and discipline-specific e.g. assisting staff in the Faculty of Education to implement a culturally competent curriculum to close the racial achievement gap in schools.
    • A series of anti-racism training workshops to be delivered across the university
    • Communications campaign promoting UWS’ anti-racism policy
    • Cross-cultural community dinners to promote communication between the university and wider community.
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