Murdoch University has taken a strong stance against racism by signing onto a national campaign to address the issue.
The Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Professor Ann Capling met at Murdoch University in November to sign the organisation up to the ‘Racism – It Stops with Me’ campaign.
The campaign aims to empower organisations and individuals to eliminate racism within Australia, through a public pledge to stand against racism in the community.
“Murdoch has long been active in societal and community affairs and has made significant contributions in social reform,” said Professor Capling.
“The University’s new strategic plan will help Murdoch to increase its efforts to broaden staff diversity and increase social inclusion.”
While there has been increased awareness of cultural diversity in Australia, many people in Australia are still experiencing racism and discrimination in education, social services and employment on a regular basis.
“Our university is actively engaging with significant social challenges of our time,” said Director of Human Resources, Ms Karen Lamont.
“Murdoch stands firmly against racism and is committed to building a dynamic and diverse workforce.
“By signing on the campaign, Murdoch will play a visible role by taking a public stance against racism in our community and set an example for others.”
Murdoch University is one of the first organisations in Western Australia to commit to the campaign.
Gender Equity, Diversity and Social Justice Manager, Dr Casta Tungaraza, said that joining the campaign has encouraged the University to build on existing initiatives to prevent discrimination and support diversity.
“We have begun discussions with the Student Guild about the launch of our anti-racism campaign during Harmony Week in 2013,” Dr Tungaraza said.
“We will work systematically with the University community to raise awareness about racism and implement anti-racism strategies in education and employment.
“At the same time our researchers will continue to work with government, businesses, communities and NGOs to find lasting solutions to this complex problem.”
The University’s activities will be promoted on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Anti-Racism Strategy website.