Conference Program

Sunday, 2 September

17.00 Welcome and Refreshments
18.00 Screening Tom Zubrzycki's new film Temple of Dreams
19.00 Discussion with Tom Zubrzycki, Film Director and the Crew

Location: Bldg EAG, Room 18, UWS Parramatta Campus (Victoria Rd)

Monday, 3 September

8.00 - 9.00 Registration and Coffee

9.00 - 9.30 Opening Ceremony

Chair: Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, Conference Convenor and Director, Equity and Diversity, UWS

  • Welcome to Country: Mr Chris Tobin, Elder of the Dharug People, the Traditional Custodians of Parramatta
  • Muslim Welcome to Conference Participants: Ms Hanan Dover, President, Mission of Hope
  • Opening Remarks: Prof John Ingleson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), UWS
  • Keynote Address: Patrick Dodson, former Chair, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation

9.30 - 10.30 First Session

The Role of Tertiary Education in Multicultural Society

Moderator: Dr June Verrier, Visiting Fellow, Democratic Audit of Australia, Australian National University

  • Tertiary Education, Diversity and Philosophy of Inclusion. Senator Marise Payne representing The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Education
  • Approaches to Education and Multiculturalism - An International Perspective. Dr H Sudibyo Markus, Chairman, National Executive Board of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia

10.30 - 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30 Second Session

Muslim Students at Australian Universities

Moderator: Hon. Assoc. Professor Christine Inglis, Director, Multicultural and Migration Research Centre, University of Sydney

  • The Challenge of Religious Diversity and Revitalisation to the Secularity of Australian Universities. Prof Gary Bouma, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations - Asia Pacific, Monash University
  • Living and Studying as Muslims in Australian Society. Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Founding Director, Griffith Islamic Research Unit, Griffith University and co- director of the Australian National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
  • Is Education and Work Enough for Integration? Dr Tanveer Ahmed, Writer and Psychiatry Registrar

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.00 Third Session

Barriers to Full Access, Inclusion and Success

Moderator: Ms Hanifa Deen, Writer

  • Social Inclusion Through Education. Mr Laurie Ferguson MP, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Living Together: Globalisation, Education and Intercultural Dialogue. Associate Professor Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus)
  • Views from the Muslim Youth Summits on Education - Local and International Students. Mr Hass Dellal OAM, Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

15.00 - 15.30 Tea Break

15.30 - 17.00 Fourth Session

Overcoming the Barriers

Moderator: Professor Richard Broinowski, University of Sydney

  • The Role of Positive Public and Political Leadership in Reducing Barriers. Senator Andrew Bartlett, Queensland Democrats Senator and Party Spokesperson on Multiculturalism
  • Young People and Global Issues - Separation and Isolation. Dr Rosemary Suliman, Senior Lecture, Arabic Language and Education, School of Humanities and Languages, UWS
  • The Government Role in Dismantling of the Barriers. Dr Thu Nguyen-Hoan, Assistant Secretary, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

17.00 - 17.10 Concluding Remarks

  • The Responsibility of the University to be a Catalyst for Positive Change. Prof Stuart Campbell, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Western Sydney

Monday evening

18.00 - 19.00 Conference Reception

19.00 - 23.00 Conference Dinner

MC: Mr Quentin Dempster, Journalist, ABC

Entertainment: Mr Amro Ali, Comedian, Ms Kaye Gordon, Singer and Mr Peter Morgan, Guitar

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Tuesday, 4 September

8.00 - 8.30 Registration and Coffee

8.30 - 10.30 Workshops

Workshop 1: Combating Discrimination and Prejudice

Moderator: Ms Ellen Brackenreg, Director, Student Support Services, UWS

  • Three things we thought we knew: Research findings from surveys of Muslim university students in Australia and the United States. Dr Christine Asmar, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Sydney
  • Developing Young Muslim Leaders. Mr Neil Aykan and student co-presenters Ms Inaz Janif, Ms Nesrine Mojaled, Mr Naushad Ilahee, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University
  • Distance Education and the Muslim Student. Ms Christie Elemam, Southern Cross University
  • Muslim Students in Australia - an Inside View. Dr Ali White, Researcher/Muslim Advocacy Worker, UWS Students' Association

Workshop 2: Transition from High School to University

Moderator: Ms Dorothy Hoddinott, Principal, Holroyd High School, Greystanes

  • Social Acceptance as a Key to Successful Integration. Ms Nina Maadad, Language Coordinator, University of Adelaide
  • Mentoring Influences on Muslim Students from High School to University. Ms Silma Ihram, Secretary General, The Australian Council for Islamic Education in Schools and Islamic Education Consultant
  • Being Culturally Competent in Dealing with Muslim Students and Issues within Universities. Ms Hanan Dover, President, Mission of Hope
  • Providing for special needs (such as praying space, halal food, separation between men and women). Ms Mona Darwiche, past President, MISA

Workshop 3: Social Inclusion: building community partnership, participating in university life and dealing with other students

Moderator: Dr Lynda-ann Blanchard, Lecturer, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

  • The Opportunities of the Tertiary Experience for Forging an Australian Muslim Identity. Ms Anne (Azza) Aly, Ph.D. Candidate, Edith Cowan University
  • The Hijab as Social Tool for Identity Mobilisation, Community Education and Inclusion. Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  • Sharing Our Achievements: Symposiums on Australian Muslims. Dr Farhad Reza, Director, Volunteering and Social Inclusion Section, Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Understanding Muslim Women. Mrs Faten El Dana, President, Muslim Women's Welfare of Australia

10.30 - 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30 Fifth Session

In Search for "Fair Adjustment"

Moderator: Dr James Jupp AM FASSA, Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies, Australian National University

  • What is a Fair Adjustment? Dr Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, The University of NSW
  • Dealing with Religious Diversity within Universities. Dr Krzysztof Batorowicz, Director, Multicultural Centre, The University of Southern Queensland
  • Responding to Challenge of Multiculturalism - Law School Experiences. Dr Jamila Hussain, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UTS

12.30 - 13.00 Sixth Session

Reports from workshops and Concluding Remarks

Chair: Dr Sev Ozdowski, OAM, Conference Convenor and Director, Equity and Diversity, UWS

  • Workshop Chairs to Report
  • Concluding Remarks: The Way Forward. Dr Diane Sisely, Director, Australian National Human Rights Education Centre, RMIT

13.00 Conference ends

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