Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project

An important finding of the Challenging Racism Project is that Australians are in large part secure with cultural difference. However, there are still pockets of the country that hold on to 'old-fashioned' racist views.

The presence of any form of racism is harmful for both the targets of the prejudice and for Australian society as a whole. To assist in counteracting the existence of racism, the Challenging Racism Project team have compiled a list of useful, practical anti-racism initiatives and strategies - that local governments and individuals can access and use to address cultural prejudices in their own backyards.

Equity Buddies Network

The Equity Buddies Network caters to students from Afghanistan, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Burma and Libya. The program runs at Bankstown campus and sees a network of students from diverse backgrounds come together for the mutual sharing of academic and social support.

Find out more about the Equity Buddies Network

Lesbian women choosing motherhood

Researcher: Brenda Hayman

This is a PhD research project that has examined the experiences of lesbian women in Australia who have chosen motherhood in the context of a de novo family.

Living and studying in Australia

UWS has a rich culturally and linguistically diverse student population. We have a large number of international students and students who have recently migrated to Australia.

Adjusting to life and study in Australia may be challenging and mean having to make some changes to your life. This may also include changes to the way you study as well as having to study in a different language.

Find out more about resources available to help you face the challenge and improve your university experience.

MENGAGE - The Male Health Clearinghouse

Contact: David Thompson

MENGAGE (Opens in a new window) is a new web project that works to capture examples of programs that have worked in male health in NSW and beyond. Its focus on diversity relates to what male health means in practical terms as it applies to diverse groups of men and boys. With an increasingly multicultural society, we need to find ways to engage men and boys from diverse backgrounds into practices that enhance their wellbeing. We need to do this in ways that take into account their experiences outside of and within Australia. We have a special section dedicated to examples of male health programs targeted at Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Males (Opens in a new window). As we find more examples, these will be added to MENGAGE to build a lasting archive of programs that support male health in diverse audiences. MENGAGE is funded through the Men's Health Plan of the NSW Ministry of Health.

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Pasifika Achievement To Higher Education (PATHE)

Contact: Jioji Ravulo

We are a new project funded by the UWS Office of Widening Participation striving to developing aspirations towards further education and training in Pacific communities.

In 2012, we reached over 12,000 people through community outreach events held in local Primary & High Schools in Greater Western Sydney, local community initiatives, and on campus activities. PATHE also runs a weekly student support group across 4 UWS campus for Pacific students, aiming towards retention and course completion. In addition, we have create a host of sustainable resources, including a Facebook page (Opens in a new window) for people to share their journeys and outcomes in education, and YouTube videos designed for educators to engage students in developing respective vocational and career aspiration. In 2013, PATHE will employ 3 Project Officers, expanding the reach and capacity to profile further opportunities for both students and their families to develop a deeper and meaningful connection to the importance found in further education and training.

Supporting school-university pathways for refugee students' access and participation in tertiary education

Contact: Loshini Naidoo

The project seeks to describe pathways that would enable successful transition of students from refugee backgrounds from secondary school into tertiary study. Despite sharing similar aspirations to receive a university education with mainstream society, many refugee students fail to attain the necessary levels of education required for access to, and participation in tertiary education due to challenges with adaptation to school systems, social adaptation, and English language learning. This project will investigate what successful university-school collaborations might look like and establish how universities can work with schools to facilitate tertiary pathways for students from this distinct, low SES group.

UWS partnership project wins Zest Award

Contact: Renu Narchal

A community engagement project developed by UWS and The Community Migrant Resource Centre wins a prestigious award

As part of the project, students were granted work placements within the Centre. "Students provided one-on-one assistance to new migrants, in particular providing assistance with writing cover letters and putting together resumes," says Renu. The project was successful, with the work of the students resulting in calls for interviews and even some job offers. And the experience was beneficial for students, too. "They reflected on their experience to develop a portfolio. Once they completed their studies, some students involved in the process were employed as consultants or got jobs with local councils," says Renu. "It was truly a community engagement project with benefits to the organisation, students, community and UWS."

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