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Cultural Competence in Council

This morning I conducted a training session on ‘Muslim Community Awareness and Cultural Competence’ for the City of Darebin executive. This was a robust and in depth analysis of the communal demographics, psycho social issues residents experience and the consequences of divisive rhetoric and hurtful media portrayal. In all, the conversations and learnings that followed were meaningful and will hopefully result in social change for the municipality informed by improved engagement, increased representation and a [...]

2020-02-20T08:50:17+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Identity & Belonging 2020

This week I spoke at MacKillop College to their year 11 Cohort, navigating ‘Identity 2020’. My co-panelists included the fabulous Jane Gilmore and Nevo Zisin - between the three of us we traversed issues of gender, sexuality and race. Kudos to Jo Parker for curating this amazing program as part of her HeartSparks schools charter. I was particularly chuffed during my presentation on celebrating the cultural diversity of students, to share the timeless magic of [...]

2020-02-21T03:17:12+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Coming of Age Exhibition

Today I had the opportunity to participate in an upcoming exhibition for the Immigration Museum, called ‘Coming of Age’. Without giving away too much, it will celebrate stories of identity formation and ‘becoming an adult’ for Victorians from a diverse range of backgrounds. This will be a story-telling feat, writ large and I cannot wait to hear the pathos, passion and poignancy of others sharing their narratives, on their terms, in their voice. Kudos to [...]

2020-02-20T06:26:24+00:00February 18th, 2020|

On the Futility of Chief Diversity Officers

On the plight of Chief Diversity Officers, often encumbered with a futile job description read the following article by Nadia Owusu, excerpt below: “In too many cases, the responsibility for changing the company culture is placed entirely on the CDO’s shoulders. When efforts fail, the CDO then becomes the scapegoat. The organization’s leaders can say that they tried, that they are still trying; they can rest secure in the belief that they have the best [...]

2020-02-20T06:32:11+00:00February 16th, 2020|

First ABC ‘The Drum’ Appearance of 2020

On my first ‘ABC The Drum’ of 2020, feeding in from Melbourne. Tonight: talking about what’s being done to prepare for job transitions in coal regions? What have other countries done to make the move away from mining. Has the coronavirus killed the cruise industry? Plus, the collapse of George Calombaris’ restaurant empire. With Matt Carnegie, Margy Osmond & Ewen Jones, hosted by the brilliant Ellen Fanning.  

2020-02-20T06:39:57+00:00February 13th, 2020|

Tasneem Chopra’s Australia Day Honour for promoting a diverse, inclusive community

An interview with the Bendigo Advertiser..my hometown newspaper. I remember the very first time I wrote a letter to their editor in high school, to complain about the insensitivity and waste of monies being splashed on a bicentennial re-enactmentof the first fleet. Although it was a national issue, the Bendigo Ady printed my letter, and in that moment taught me that even my voice mattered if I believed enough. Thank you Bendigo Ady, for a [...]

2020-02-12T07:45:17+00:00February 12th, 2020|

The Coffee Festivals of Jazan

Coffee trails to ponder.. definitely one to consider. Great piece by Prof. Saeed Khan..shifting the needle on what we thought we knew about the world’s premium coffee suppliers. See link: https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/partner_article/coffee-festivals-jazan?fbclid=IwAR0cHvC-6S3wU9X8cVyVwgk8X6s_GF1SLfRbEig7Gn7BCvvXFPR_uQh1V3o

2020-02-20T06:48:19+00:00February 7th, 2020|

OAM Appreciation

I want to thank all of you who have messaged me from far and wide over the past few days for being awarded an OAM. When I arrived in Bendigo from Kenya (via Alice Springs) at the age of 5, my aspirations were far fetched for a little brown kid missing two front teeth, with a big mouth; I was never a quiet Australian. My tenacious spirit often felt hemmed in at times by small [...]

2020-02-20T06:14:50+00:00January 30th, 2020|