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In what ways can diversity motivate students and shape narratives in the world of education? How might it be a driving force for businesses and other organisations in this field? Here to answer these questions and tell their stories are two prominent voices currently working in education.

Lisa Tran is the Founder and CEO of Lisa’s Study Guides (formerly VCE Study Guides), and recently co-founded EDIE, a ‘teacherbot’ powered by AI. She has previously received the Anthill Australia’s 30under30 award for entrepreneurship.

Ami Pasricha is the CEO of Robogals Global, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering and technology. She previously studied Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University.

*This event will be autonomous.

The UMSU PoC Department acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this event is taking place, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respects to their elders, past and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was stolen, not ceded.

In collaboration with the Bollywood Club, we’re holding a games afternoon; come join us for a jam-packed session with fun games, free Gulab Jamuns and an interactive dance workshop with our head choreographer, Priyansh Parekh.

This is a non-autonomous event.

The UMSU PoC Department acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this event is taking place, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respects to their elders, past and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was stolen, not ceded.

Join us for a talk that critically examines the diversity within diversity, looking not only at majority and immigrant and ethnic minority groups, but also the diversity within these groups—”diversification of diversity”, or super-diversity.

Dr Yassir Morsi is a lecturer in politics at La Trobe University and previously a post-doctoral Researcher at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia.

His main area of research is the critical analysis of contemporary racism and Islamophobia.

Dr Morsi is a regular contributor to The Guardian, and some of his books include the recent ‘Radical Skin, Moderate Masks: De-radicalising the Muslim and Racism in Post-racial Societies’.

*This will be an autonomous event open to white allies by invitation.

The UMSU PoC Department acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this event is taking place, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respects to their elders, past and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was stolen, not ceded.

Coming Out Support Group Launch 2017

Thursday 23 March
5.30-6.30pm
Express your interest confidentially here: http://tinyurl.com/unimelbcosg2016

The Coming Out Support Group at the University of Melbourne offers a safe space for students questioning their sexuality or sexual identity or in the process of coming out to meet students who are in the same situation. We provide a friendly, casual and confidential space for students to ask questions and support each other through matters relating to gender, sexuality and coming out. The Group will run every Thursday over semester 1 at the University of Melbourne and is organised by friendly queer-peer facilitators. Students of all ages, genders, sexualities and experiences welcome.

Diversity in Physics

Thursday 23 March
5.15-7.15pm
Latham Theatre

This event will be a panel discussion, featuring members of the physics academic staff and students, discussing diversity in the department, and wider science. The panelists will touch on how the physics department is instilling diversity across minority divides. After the panel discussion, there will be informal mingling/networking with plenty of free food for attendees.

  • Physics Students Society

Scandinavian Games + Lunch

Thursday 23 March
12.30-3pm
South Lawn (look for the flags!)

Come and share a pizza lunch with The Scandinavian Club and play some kubb! All are welcome, whether you are an international or exchange student or a local student with an interest in Scandinavian culture. Vegetarian and vegan diets will be catered for.

And if you don’t know how to play kubb? Come along and we’ll show you!

Lebanese Club Meet and Greet Day

Thursday 23 March
12.30pm
South Lawn

$2 Falafel! Meet the Lebanese club and committee members, connect with others and celebrate Lebanese culture.

Mental Health: Intersectional Support

Thursday 23 March
12-3pm
Joe Napolitano A, Union House

We want to discuss the intersections between mental illness and living with marginalised identities. There will be key speakers for each topic and a discussion session afterwards.

  • Mental Youth Society

Russian Club Diversity Week Drinks

Wednesday 22 March,
5.30-7.30pm
Graham Cornish A, Union House

We will have a casual drinks, so that both local students and international students can get together and make new friends. Our members are a mix of russian students, local students, and exchange students from other countries. This event will allow students to get together in a relaxed environment and meet people from different cultural backgrounds.

  • Russian Society

Collective: Cultural Communities and Internalised Racism

1-2pm
Tues 21 March

Graham Cornish B, Level 2, Union House

Hosted by the UMSU People of Colour department, this workshop will discuss internalised racism and issues of anti-blackness and colourism within cultural communities.

Autonomous event for students of colour only.