International Human Rights Education Conferences

The International Human Rights Education (IHRE) Conferences, which were initiated in 2010 by Dr Sev Ozdowski to advance human rights culture world-wide, have been held in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Holland, Chile and most recently in Canada.

In 2018 the IHRE Conference series will return to Sydney for the 9th Conference. Please click here (Opens in a new window) for further information.

The full 2018 ICHRE conference program and handbook is now available.  Please click here (Opens in a new window) to download the conference book.

Sponsorship packages are now available.  Please click here (Opens in a new window) to view the Sponsorship Prospectus

Advancing Community Cohesion 2017

Advancing Community Cohesion conference 2017 logo

Western Sydney University hosted the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – Today’s Challenges and Solutions, at its Parramatta Campus, from 20-22 November 2017.

Over 280 participants attended the Conference which was convened by Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Director of Equity and Diversity at the University.

The Conference considered contemporary challenges to social cohesion in diverse, multicultural communities, and ways to more effectively address them.  It was attended by politicians, decision-makers, thought leaders, and practitioners from government departments and agencies, academia and think-tanks, civil society organisations, schools, and the private sector.

While multiculturalism was the cross-cutting theme of the Conference, relevant issues were considered from several perspectives including social, economic, political, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity, perspectives.

The feedback received from participants revealed that 87.5% rated the Conference as having ‘Very High’ or ‘High’ utility (usefulness, benefit or value) while 93% said they would attend another community cohesion conference organised by the University.

The narrative report on the Conference can accessed here (Opens in a new window)

For more information about the Conference, including photos, please go to the dedicated Conference website which can be accessed by here (Opens in a new window).

Australian Ally Conference

The Australian Ally Conference, organised in partnership with the University of Newcastle, was held at Parramatta Campus on 27-28 June 2016.

Advancing Community Cohesion 2015

Western Sydney University hosted the 'Advancing Community Cohesion - Towards a National Compact' Conference from 15-17 July 2015 on Parramatta South campus.