At DCA’s Diversity Leadership Program event bought to you in partnership with HSBC Bank Australia, we took a look at the workplace experiences of culturally and racially marginalised people with disability.
Our guest presenter, Andrew Jakubowicz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney unpacked the implications of the intersections of race and disability for workplace inclusion for people with lived experiences, such as:
- Differing rates and types of disability in diverse communities including migrant and refugee populations
- Heightened risk of acquiring a disability at work
- Multiple marginalising factors such as gender, age, class, neurodiversity, LGBTIQ+ status and caring responsibilities that can compound disadvantage.
We also heard the perspectives of guest speakers with lived experiences who gave practical advice on how organisations can remove the barriers to participation as well as create more inclusive workplaces.
DCA’s Director Member Education, Dr Virginia Mapedzahama, joined:
- Dominic Golding, Policy and Project Officer, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA),
- Susie Eve, ILC Project Coordinator, Multicultural Peer Network, Settlement Services International,
- Janet Irvine, Manager Diversity Training, Settlement Services International,
- Giancarlo de Vera, Senior Manager, Policy at People With Disability Australia, and
- Andrew Jakubowicz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney.