Addressing racism across Australia: panel discussion and workshop

28 May 2012

Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke is the guest speaker at this open forum.
Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke is the guest speaker at this open forum.

On Wednesday 30 May, Helen Szoke, the Race Discrimination Commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission, will be the guest speaker in an Open Forum on the National Anti-Racism Strategy convened by the University of Sydney's Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

The Institute invites students and the general public to attend.

Despite Australia's multicultural society, racism exists in many forms. Since 2011 the Australian Human Rights Commission has been leading a project on the development of a national anti-racism strategy.

The aim of project is to promote a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced.

Wednesday's Open Forum aims to engage young people on the ideas outlined in the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy discussion paper, which was published in March and is a result of public submissions received by the Commission. The final strategy is due to be launched in July this year.

"The National Anti-Racism Strategy provides a fantastic opportunity public engagement on racism and its effects for individuals and communities in Australia," said Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Lecturer in Human Rights who will be speaking at the forum. "We are pleased that this forum will help highlight issues for students and young people."

A workshop will follow the panel discussion, which aims to provide a space for young people to participate in defining the current experiences of racism and the possible strategic interventions deal with it.

Event details

What: An Open Forum on National Anti-Racism Strategy


  • Guest speaker, Dr Helen Szoke, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • Margaret Raven, Research Fellow in the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit, University of New South Wales;
  • Dr Dinesh Wadiewel, Lecturer in Human Rights Department of Sociology and Social Policy;
  • Student speaker Diana Qian.

When: 9.30 to 11.30am, Wednesday 30 May

Where: Seminar Room 440, New Law School Annexe, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

RSVP and enquiries: Ihab Shalbak 

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