University of Melbourne tackles racism in the community

7 April 2014

The University of Melbourne will join a national campaign empowering staff and students to take a stand against racism in the community.
Launching the university’s participation in the Australian Human Rights Commission, “Racism. It Stops with Me” campaign, Provost Professor Margaret Sheil said the University of Melbourne is committed to being a part of the nationwide dialogue about how best to deal with racism.
“This campaign is about making the community at large more safe and inclusive for all individuals,” she said.
“We are very committed to being a community leader and speaking out against racism in its many forms.”
“Individuals can do this in many ways, like not laughing at a racist joke, or by showing solidarity with a person being harassed on public transport.”
The university supports diversity through a range of equity policies and programs that foster intercultural communication and international cooperation.
“Education and research works best when it’s a part of an inclusive community where all people feel safe and that their input is valued,” Prof Sheil said.
“This is the ethos we have here at the University of Melbourne. We take pride in the multiculturalism of our campuses.”
The launch of the campaign at the university will take place at 1 p.m. on April 7 at the North Court at the Parkville campus.
Both Provost Professor Margaret Sheil and Tim Southphommasane, the Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission will speak.

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