Diversity Week celebrates our commitment to creating an inclusive and connected university community that embraces our diversity on campus.
About Diversity Week
Diversity week will be held 19-23 March 2018 to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March 2018.
The theme for Diversity Week 2018 is Proud to Belong.
The week will feature an exciting program of keynote speakers, workshops and social events that encourage all members of the University to contribute to an open and respectful society.
Come along to celebrate our talented community and help create an environment where everyone is proud to belong.
Sami Shah Speaks
Date and time: Monday 19 March 1.00-2.00pm
Location: Forum Theatre, Room 155, Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
Comedian, Writer and Broadcaster, Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC's Australian Story, and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, TEDx, The Project, and the Soho Theatre.
Sami wrote and performed a 2-part series for BBC Radio 4 - A Beginner's Guide to Pakistan, and appeared as a panelist on QI with Stephen Fry. Sami won the award for Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best WA Comedy at 2016 Fringe World. His autobiography, I, Migrant, has been nominated for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Sami produces a weekly podcast, Sami Says. He has written columns for Fairfax Media, the Brisbane Courier Mail, SCOOP Magazine, and many other publications, and is a frequent contributor on ABC RN.
The presentation will also be followed by a Q&A session with Sami, so have some questions handy!
Please note: Places are limited so be sure to register your interest to avoid disappointment! If you no longer able to attend please cancel your ticket so that we can allocate you seat to someone else.
- Visual Poems in the Immersive digital studio
- Ali's Wedding - Film Screening
- Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training (ICAT)
- Arts West Cultural Collections Workshop
- Australia's Indigenous Languages
- Window to the World
- Learn Japanese in 15 Minutes!
- Traditional Pakistani song
- Student Get Together - Diversity Week Edition
Visual Poems in the Immersive digital studio space
Date: On continuous loop throughout the week
Location: Immersive digital studios, Level 2, Arts West (Building 148) West Wing
Whether It Was Ribbons
A poetic film project exploring one family' migration from Italy to Australia. Developed from an interview with Lella Cariddi.
Creators: Rose Kennedy, Katie Doherty and Luna Mrozik Gawler
Project leader: Dr Nadia Niaz
From Pier to Prosperity
An immersive audio-visual tracing the histories of four migrants who braved the seas and left their homes and families to seek a more prosperous life.
Creators: Patrick Verlin and Tara Biollo
Project leader: Dr Nadia Niaz
Immersive digital studio
Ali's Wedding - Film Screening
Date and time: Thursday 22 March 2018, 4.00-6.30pm
Location: Room 353 (Interactive cinema space) Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
You're invited to watch the 2017 Australian comedy-drama 'Ali's Wedding'!
Based on a true story, and set in Melbourne, this film tells the story of Ali the son of a muslim cleric. One significant lie told by Ali, leads to a series of incredible events.
Shot locally here on campus, and in nearby suburbs, this film may have you wiping away tears of sadness and joy. Read more about the film on the ABC News Ali's Wedding: The radical Muslim rom-com that breaks stereotypes web page.
Come along and enjoy film-themed sweets and savouries.
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training (ICAT)
Date and time: Friday 23 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Location: Room 261 Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
An engaging, 'must do', free, professional development training session for students. 'Highly recommended' by people who have attended previous sessions.
The session will be facilitated by Kat Clarke.
- Brief history of Australian First Nation's Peoples
- Focus on Melbourne Traditional Owners and Land
- First Nation People today
- Cultural Safety and Tips
- Advice working with communities and organisations
Kat Clarke Biography
Kat Clarke is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Wimmera. Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman, Kat takes pride in being active with both her own community and the various arts and cultural communities in Melbourne. Having graduated from RMIT with a specialty in writing and film, Kat dreams of one day developing her own business that is focused around the Creative Arts Industry, where she aims to incorporate a learning environment back home in the Wimmera that supports creative talent and encourages self-worth and self-management. From a grass-roots and professional approach, she has built strong relationships as a writer, cultural consultant and public speaker/performer for various organisations, festivals and communities, some of these include: The Rag and Bone Man Press, RISE for Refugees, STREAT/RMIT, The Department of Education and Training, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Sista Girl Productions, The Wheeler Centre, Blak and Bright Festival, Art Is Festival in the Wimmera, Tin Man Games Film Victoria and Screen Australia. Just recently she was lucky to work with fellow art creatives and Footscray Community Arts Centre as a mentor for the Emerging Cultural Leaders program that functioned towards building sole traders within the industry. Currently she is involved in many community youth, film and arts projects, and is collating her first poetry book, which she aims to publish in late 2018.
For consultancy, workshops or arts related projects please email Kat.
Arts West Cultural Collections Workshop
Date and time: Tuesday 20 March, 2018 12.30-1.30pm
Location: Object Based Learning Lab, Room 254, Arts West North Wing
The University of Melbourne has over 30 Cultural Collections that provide a unique insight into a wide range of different cultures. This session to take place in the Faculty of Arts new object based learning labs will allow participants the opportunity to view and engage with a number of objects that reflect the cultural diversity of the University's Collections.
Working in small groups, participants will be assigned a unique object to consider. They will explore what stories the object can tell us. Attention will be focused on the history and reception of the object, the culture from which it came and how our perceptions of that object may have changed over time.
Please note: Limited places apply - be sure to register to avoid disappointment
Australia's Indigenous Languages
Date and time: Tuesday 20 March, 1.30-2.00pm
Location: Room 161 Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
Rachel Nordlinger and Brighde Collins, Research Unit for Indigenous Language (School of Languages and Linguistics)
Indigenous Australia is a wealth of linguistic diversity, with more than 300 distinct languages spoken across the country. In this session, we provide a brief introduction to Australia's Indigenous languages and their fascinating characteristics, and showcase the projects we have underway in the Research Unit for Indigenous Language to help support Indigenous communities across Australia to maintain their languages.
Research Unit for Indigenous Language (School of Languages and Linguistics)
Research Unit for Indigenous Language
Window to the World
Date and time: Friday 23 March 2018, 5.00-7.00pm
Location: Atrium and Forum Theatre Room 155 Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
Produced by Master of Arts and Cultural Management current student Kirstin Clements and alumna Wanda Dopierala.
Be inspired by a showcase of original digital works created by University of Melbourne students on the Arts West Atrium screen and explore an intriguing collection of international short films in the Forum Theatre. This curated program reflects the diverse University student cohort and provides insight into the lives and talent of people from across the globe.
Join us in celebrating the diversity of cultures and nationalities on campus and the creativity and innovation of our students at Window to the World.
Please reserve your seat. Limited places available
Learn Japanese in 15 Minutes!
Date and time: Wednesday 21 March 2018 12.30-12.45 pm
Location: Room 257 (Collaborative Learning Space 2), Old Arts (Building 149)
Do you know any Japanese loanwords (borrowed words) in English? How English loanwords are used in Japanese communication? This session explores how Japanese and English have influenced each other and sheds light on some loanwords used in daily interactions in both languages. The session will also teach students a simple self-introduction in Japanese language.
Places for this session are limited. Register you interest to participate.
Traditional Pakistani song
Date and time: Friday 23 March 2018, 12.30pm
Location: Atrium, Arts West (Building 148)
Come along and hear a traditional song from Pakistan, led by Syeda Mazhar a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts.
The local song is associated with one of the sufi poet and religious personality from Indus Plains, Lal Shabaz commonly known as Qalandar.
Thousands of his disciples and followers visit his shrine believing he will fulfil their hearts desires.
The performance will pay homage to him by singing a commonly loved song "dama dam mast Qalandar."
Student Get Together - Diversity Week Edition
Date and time: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 3.25pm
Location: Room 533 Level 5, Arts West (Building 148) North Wing
All Faculty of Arts undergraduate and graduate students are invited to a special Diversity Week Seminar hosted by the Faculty of Arts Graduate Ambassadors this Wednesday 21 March!
Our guest speaker for this event is Tim Lo Surdo, the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour - a national racial justice campaigning organisation led by people of colour. Previously, Tim was a Senior Organiser at United Voice, led campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, was the National Communications Director for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC.
This event is free; no registration necessary.
Speak Up · Speak Out
19 March - 23 March 2018
Respect Week at The University of Melbourne celebrates our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful University community that embraces diversity and is free from behaviours that place people at risk of harm.
Respect Week provides the opportunity to remind our University community that all forms of assault, harassment, discrimination and bullying are always unacceptable, and that we should speak up for ourselves, and for others when we see or hear something we think is not ok.
Respect Week promotes the services available for students and staff who may need help and support.
Respect Week activities include a fascinating range of lectures, workshops and social events that, in all, will encourage all members of the University community to contribute to a respectful living, learning and working community.
Respect Week at The University of Melbourne celebrates our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful University community that embraces diversity.
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