As a young Muslim woman, who migrated to Australia when she was just 6 years old, Sawsan’s identity has been politicised from a very young age. This led her to start volunteering at RISE when she was still in high school, aiming to seize control of the conversation about the issues that affect her daily life. In her subsequent work at YOUNG for Economic Justice, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Happy Brain Education (among others), she has supported young people and migrants to elevate their own voices and take action on the issues that affect them. She is also a Harry Potter nerd and may have sandpapered her mum’s car in an attempt to make a wand.
The UMSU People of Colour Department acknowledge that this event is taking place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and future and acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.