Cultural Diversity

People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (CALD)

Western Sydney University is one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia with more than 100 cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented in our student community and over 20% of staff coming from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The University is guided by:

The University's commitment to promoting a positive and supportive learning and working environment for staff and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is:

  • embedded in the University's Strategic Plan and the Equity and Diversity Plan
    and
  • progress reports on the implementation of multicultural services and strategies are included in Annual Reports

Dates of Cultural and Religious Significance

To celebrate and promote awareness of the diversity of the University community, Equity and Diversity have produced the 2017 Equity and Diversity Calendar. The calendar lists cultural and religious days celebrated in Australia and around the world.                                             

Printed copies of this calendar are available on request from Equity and Diversity

(as long as stock lasts). The 2017 Equity and Diversity Calendar (Opens in a new window) can also be downloaded and is best viewed in Internet Explorer and Chrome. If you have any problems accessing the file, please contact Melinda Blackmore (Opens in a new window).

Western Sydney University has a commitment to providing leave for staff to participate in significant cultural and religious events and ceremonies which are not covered by public holiday provisions. Options include personal leave, flex leave, leave without pay and time in lieu.

Muslim Harmony Reference Group

In 2005, the University established the Muslim Harmony Reference Group to build greater understanding and cooperation between Muslim and non-Muslim people, including students and their families, University staff and the broader Greater Sydney community.

The Group sponsors an annual Ramadan Iftar event and has fostered a number of initiatives to promote understanding between the University and the Muslim community.

Guidelines for Addressing Cultural Issues for Events at Western Sydney University

Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity assists in building stronger relationships. Guidelines for Addressing Cultural Issues for Events at the University provides practical advice for event organisers on how to ensure that everyone who comes to a University function feels welcome and respected.

Media

On 17 November 2017, the Parramatta Sun ran a story on the 2nd National Community Cohesion Conference – see link to the story http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/5063362/national-leaders-to-focus-on-unifying-australia/?cs=993 (Opens in a new window)

On 21 November 2017, SBS World News Radio ran a story on the Conference which included extracts from the Conference speeches by Hon Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Dr Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens Party, and Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Director of Equity & Diversity at Western Sydney University – see link to the story http://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/multiculturalism-conference-aims-social-cohesion-amid-far-right-rise (Opens in a new window)

Ibu Yenny Wahid is one of the international speakers at the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference.

Ibu Yenny spoke to Mr Andrew West, presenter of the Religion and Ethics Report, ABC Radio National, about religious pluralism in Indonesia – the interview can be heard about a half way through the segment here http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/will-indonesias-religious-tolerance-survive-extremism/9153986 (Opens in a new window)

Dr Sev Ozdowski AM is the Director of Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University and the Convenor of the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference.  In advance of the Conference, he spoke with ABC Radio’s Wendy Harmer this morning (16 November) on the issue of unifying Australia.  The interview can be accessed by clicking the following link and starts at 1:41:23   http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/mornings/mornings/9136454 (Opens in a new window)

On 21 November 2017, SBS World News Radio ran a story on the Conference which included extracts from the Conference speeches by Hon Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Dr Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens Party, and Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, Director of Equity & Diversity at Western Sydney University – see link to the story http://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/multiculturalism-conference-aims-social-cohesion-amid-far-right-rise (Opens in a new window)

Dr Ozdowski also spoke with SBS radio on 20 November – see link to the interview http://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/conference-examines-barriers-social-cohesion-australia (Opens in a new window)

Professor Ted Cantle CBE is one of the international speakers at the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference.  Professor Cantle’s opinion piece relating to the Conference theme on the rise of extremism was published in Open Forum on 21 November 2017 – see link to the opinion piece http://www.openforum.com.au/the-rise-of-extremism/ (Opens in a new window)

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