University committed to tackling racism in the community

April 14 / 133

Provost Professor Margaret Sheil at the launch of the University's support of the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign.
Provost Professor Margaret Sheil at the launch of the University's support of the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign.

The University has joined a national campaign empowering staff and students to take a stand against racism in the community.

Provost Professor Margaret Sheil launched the University’s participation in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign.

“This campaign is about making the community at large more safe and inclusive for all individuals,” Professor Sheil said.

“We are very committed to being a community leader and speaking out against racism in its many forms.”

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Southphommasane, spoke at the launch and thanked the University for its support.

“It is encouraging to see the University of Melbourne has continued its great tradition of leadership in the area of race relations,” he said. 

“The task of combatting racism is one of education and the University has a leading role in spreading the message of racial tolerance.

“It’s important that all of us, in however way possible, make a stand against racism. This can extend to our every day interactions with our family, friends and colleagues about the impact of words and behaviour.

“When someone is on the receiving end of racism, it harms their freedom to move freely in the community and participate in public debate.”

The University supports diversity through a range of equity policies and programs that foster intercultural communication and international cooperation.

Professor Sheil said education and research worked best when it was a part of an inclusive community where all people felt safe and that their input was valued.

“This is the ethos we have here at the University. We take pride in the multiculturalism of our campuses,” she said. 

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