Cultural and linguistic diversity
Work is continuing on the development of the University's cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD) Action Plan.
The plan aims to build on current University capability, to enhance engagement, better support people from CALD backgrounds and enrich the student and staff experience. It also aims to develop greater cultural competency amongst staff working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Deakin University Iftar dinners
Deakin University has hosted four very successful Iftar dinners, in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. These were held in partnership with the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), Professor Fethi Mansouri of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, and the Deakin University Student Islamic Society.
These events have demonstrated the University's capacity to contribute to social harmony, the celebration of diversity and the promotion of intercultural dialogue and friendship in Victoria.
Courageous conversations about race
Equity and Diversity, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Education, the Faculty of Health and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, hosted two Courageous Conversations about Race workshops in June 2014, facilitated by international racism expert, Glenn E Singleton.
The workshops aim to raise racial consciousness and build cultural competency within the Deakin community. They have become an essential fixture in Equity and Diversity's annual calendar of activities, and have been running at Deakin for the past five years.
There are three key elements underpinning the Courageous Conversations About Race model:
- surfacing the 'indiscussable' and having an honest conversation about race in contemporary Australia – covering demographics as well as the more 'challenging' racial power division and, in a university context, the racial achievement gap
- understanding that the combination of 'whiteness' and 'privilege' contributes directly to race-based inequity and power differentials
- utilising the above insights to drive social and cultural transformation within personal and professional areas of responsibility – essentially, the practical application of the Substantive Equality Principles.
Thank you for arranging the session yesterday, it was incredible! I returned to my desk feeling informed and inspired, with the workshop having been a brilliant discussion about culture and race. Glenn Singleton was a moving speaker and, most definitely, one of the best presenters I've seen at Deakin University.
The CCAR workshop ... was outstanding, memorable, challenging and high impact.
Glenn had an amazing way of supporting us to cut through layers of cultural conditioning and experience a truer essence of human engagement.
Given Deakin is very much in the global learning arena, these principles would add integrity and inclusiveness in the learning experience of all concerned.