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

There are currently no scheduled upcoming Open Fora.  Please check back soon.

Past Events (2018)

15 August 2018

Hazara Human Rights Forum

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi
    Deakin University
  • Professor William Maley
    Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch
    Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Sydney University
  • Mr Ahmad Shuja Jamal
    Editor in Chief Georgetown Public Policy Review Georgetown University

Mr Ahmad Shuja Jamal interview on ABC discussing Hazara in Afghanistan (Opens in a new window)

25 July 2018

The Struggle of Identity Politics in India (Opens in a new window)

Guest Speaker:

  • Professor Anwar Alam
    Senior Fellow, Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi

6 June 2018

Combating Modern Slavery

Guest Speaker:

  • The Hon Alex Hawke MP
    Assistant Minister for Home Affairs

16 May 2018

Ukraine in Europe: Today and Tomorrow

Guest Speakers:

  • His Excellency Dr Mykola Kulinich
    Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia

26 April 2018

Current Attacks on Political Freedom of Speech

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Tamsin Clarke
    Chair, ALHR Freedoms Committee
  • Ms Valerie Heath
    Maurice Byers Chambers
  • Ms Angela Chen
    Human Rights Law Centre

Past Events Summary (2017)

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 Oleksander Kyselevskyi

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

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

11 December 2017

Turning Refugees into Entrepreneurs

Guest Speaker:

  • Mr Mahir Moman
    CEO, Thrive Refugee Enterprise