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.
“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.