Forum on Racism: How Sydney students and staff experience discrimination and exclusion

Co-presented with the Racism Action Group

In response to the widely publicised racial abuse of a University of Sydney doctoral student on a public bus, staff and students have formed the Racism Action Group. The Group’s preliminary investigation within the University has revealed that racial vilification targeting international staff, students, and public is disturbingly common.

This forum is the Group’s first major public initiative to examine strategies for understanding, confronting, and diminishing racial abuse within and outside the university. It brings together students who have suffered abuse, senior university staff whose responsibilities include confronting racism, and prominent external activists. The panellists will answer questions from a moderator and from the audience. Bring your ideas and experiences to share!

Moderated by Anton Enus, co-host of World News Australia for SBS TV.


Anton Enus

Anton Enus is the presenter of World News Australia for SBS TV. He is a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, has been presenting World News Australia bulletins since 1999. He began his career at the South African as a radio news reporter and was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994. Anton hosts special SBS news events such as Federal Election specials, and has hosted the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism several times.

Chulhyo Kim

Chulhyo Kim is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. His current research focuses on the nexus of migration, human rights and social movement. He also works for a research project entitled Social Transformation and International Migration. Before he came to Sydney, he worked for 10 years in the areas of human rights, migration and refugee in East Asia with Amnesty International and International Organization for Migration. Recent articles include ‘A step forward to refugee protection? South Korea's new refugee act’ and ‘Irregular Migration: causes, patterns and strategies’.

Ms Rivkah Nissim is the Principal Adviser, Race Discrimination at the Australian Human Rights Commission where she manages the National Anti-Racism Strategy and the ‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign. She came to the Commission from a senior policy advisory role at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission with a particular focus on racial discrimination and vilification. Ms Nissim has previously worked in policy and project management roles in the non-government sector in areas including disability, family violence and housing.

Dr Eman Sharobeem

Dr Eman Sharobeem PhD has been an active advocate of migrants and refugee women in Australia since 1987. Currently she is the Director of Immigrant Women’s Health Service (IWHS), a Commissioner of the Community Relation Commission NSW, and a Statutory Member of the Anti Discrimination Board, NSW, among many other government and NGO positions. In 2013 Eman was selected as a finalist in the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, and presented with a Certificate from the Parliament of Australia in recognition of her service and inspiration for Australian women.

Michael Spence

Dr Michael Spence is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. An alumnus of the University, he lectured in Law and worked for the Australian Copyright Council before leaving for the University of Oxford in 1988 to undertake doctoral studies. He is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory. His work includes articles and books on both intellectual property law and the law of obligations, with a critical focus on suggested ethical and economic justifications of the existing regimes.

Professor Shane Houston

Professor Shane Houston is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) at the University of Sydney. With a strong background in education and health, Shane Houston leads the University’s institution-wide strategy to advance Indigenous participation, engagement, education and research. He has been actively engaged in Aboriginal advancement issues for more than 30 years at a community level, working in government and in a number of international settings.

Assoc Professor Gaby Ramia

Gaby Ramia is associate professor in public policy in the Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney. He has research interests in comparative social policy. His collaborative research on international education has included in-depth interviews with international students, education policy makers and service providers. Gaby was part of a team of researchers who explored the welfare of international students, including issues of discrimination and racism. He is lead author (with Simon Marginson and Erlenawati Sawir) of Regulating International Students’ Wellbeing (2013)