Recognition for multicultural community service March 15, 2012 On the eve of Harmony week a Murdoch University staff member has been recognised for her work over many years in empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities, combating racism and promoting human rights. Murdoch’s Manager Equal Opportunity and Social Justice, Dr Casta Tungaraza, has received an Individual Excellence Award as part of the WA Multicultural Community Service Awards. Dr Tungaraza said it was always nice to be recognised and that she was humbled by the honour. “I don't see this as an individual award because it is an outcome of the work done by African women in Australia, who I am humbled and proud to represent,” Dr Tungaraza said. “We will continue to form strategic partnerships with service providers, government and all the diverse communities to make a difference. “I believe in action not rhetoric.” Dr Tungaraza is president of the African Women's Council of Australia, director of the Australian Institute of Kiswahili Language and African Culture, and a member of the Minister's Multicultural Advisory Group. She serves on a number of government advisory boards and has played an active role in the field of multicultural policy, providing significant input to State, national and international anti-discrimination policy. Dr Tungaraza is active at grassroots level, working to promote an understanding of the issues faced by women and their families in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Murdoch’s Director Human Resources, Karen Lamont, said the University is proud to have such a recognised community member on staff and actively involved in promoting Diversity and Social Inclusion within the workplace. “This award follows last week’s recognition when Casta was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame as part of International Women’s Day,” Mrs Lamont said. “Casta embodies the Murdoch values of equity and social justice and shows great commitment to this ethos.” The Multicultural Community Service Awards recognise individuals and organisations who achieve excellence and innovation in advancing multiculturalism, inclusiveness and participation through substantive equality in the provision of services to culturally diverse communities. The Western Australian Multicultural Community Service Awards were held on Wednesday 14 March 2012 to launch Harmony Week, a statewide multicultural community relations initiative coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Interests since 2003. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Events, Murdoch achievements Tags: africa, african women's council of australia, australian institute of kiswahili language and african culture, casta tungaraza, diversity and social inclusion, harmony week, john castrilli, minister's multicultural advisory group, multicultural community service awards Comments (One response) Freya March 15, 2012 Congratulations to Casta, such a well deserved award after all she has done and continues to do within the community. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!