Researching for Change: Empowering Affected Communities through High Impact Research


Samah Shda is an Iraqi Assyrian refugee who arrived in Australia in 2019. Samah grew up in Baghdad and experienced the aftermath of the 2003 war and was part of the refugee aid efforts during the 2014 refugee crisis caused by the Islamic State invasion in northern Iraq. Samah has been directly involved with refugee resettlement organisations and refugee-led national advocacy networks representing the Iraqi community. Samah is currently leading a research project focused on refugee access to higher education in Australia in collaboration with multiple refugee advocacy and resettlement organisations. Samah is using her own experience and story to raise awareness on the global refugee crisis

Rick Welsh is a Gomeroi / Murrawarri man from north western NSW and has spent a lot of his life living on the traditional land of the Eora Nation. Rick is the manager of The Shed, a Western Sydney community based project that implements early intervention across legal sectors: family law, crime, child care and protection and housing. Rick builds stakeholder partnerships to facilitate holistic therapeutic interventions that minimise negative outcomes and generate systematic changes to achieve trauma informed responses for clients. Rick was the recipient of the 2017 Aboriginal Justice Award from the NSW Law Foundation

Event details

Date: Thursday 26 November 2020
Time: 12.30pm - 3pm
Venue: 2/76 Phillip St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Launch of the Western Sydney University Network for Law and Human Rights

The seminar will be followed by the launch of the WSU Network for Law and Human Rights, an academic group based at the School of Law at Western Sydney University. The Network utilises high quality and high impact human rights law research to advocate against inequality and injustice. The Network works in coalition with key partners, including the WSU Justice Clinic; community organisations; law firms and barristers; academics and experts; and international and domestic human rights organisations to foster social and legal change in Western Sydney, Australia and globally.