Open Fora

Equity and Diversity Open Fora explore a range of social issues of relevance to Western Sydney University and the Greater Western Sydney community. The forums are free and everyone is welcome to attend, staff, students and the general public.

Upcoming Events

Due to the upcoming Advancing Community Cohesion Conference, the September forum is the final forum for 2017.

Please check back in early 2018 for future Open Fora events.

Past 2017 Events (summary)

Past Events


23 March 2017 

International Security and Power Relations Today - Emerging Threats

Guest Speaker:

  • Dr Janusz Onyszkiewicz
    Chairman, International Centre for Democratic Transition (Budapest)

27 April 2017

Cyber Security Threats: Are you an easy target? (Opens in a new window)

Guest Speaker:

  • Dr Oleksandr Kyselevskyi
    Expert, Cyber Security, Cryptography and Telecommunications
    Member, Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
    A/Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

10 May 2017

Why Torture Must Be Opposed Unconditionally

with Guest speakers:

  • Mr Deng Adut
    NSW Australian of the Year 2017
    Co-founder, AC Law Group
    Author, Songs of a War Boy

View full Open Forum on the A-Pac/Sky News (Opens in a new window) website


7 June 2017

Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful (Opens in a new window)

Guest Speaker:

  • Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
    Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

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27 September 2017

Religion and Human Rights in Modern Australia: Friends, Foes or Ships in the Night?

Guest Speaker:

  • Mr Edward Santow
    Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission