How organisations can move beyond tokenism to real action on racism

COVID-19 has caused a disturbing rise in racism against Asian Australians while the US Black Lives Matter movement has shone a light on the continued injustices and inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our society.

It’s clear that more action is needed to tackle racism in Australia but what role can and should employers and indeed all of us play in eradicating it and creating more inclusive workplaces and communities?

Lisa Annese, DCA’s CEO, asked some important questions of a special guest panel to examine:

  • Why racism continues to be a problem in this country
  • How and why culturally diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are still excluded at work
  • How important it is to actively call out racism
  • What needs to be done to raise Indigenous and other culturally diverse voices
  • How well-intentioned people and institutions can move beyond tokenism to becoming a leader on change for the better.

Out guest speakers includee:

  1. Dr Summer May Finlay, Researcher at University of Canberra and Lecturer at the University of Wollongong
  2. Mohammad Al-Khafaji, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)
  3. Ken Woo, Partner at PwC
  4. Sam Klintworth, National Director, Amnesty International and
  5. Dr Berhan Ahmed, CEO, African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services.

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‘Thank you, to the DCA team and the panel of speakers for hosting a brilliant, very informative webinar! We have provided feedback to others within our organisation, and hope to shape what we do as a business through this and other webinars. – Nirdosh Singh, National Bid Manager, Corporate Services, SGS Australia Pty Ltd

‘This is the first time I have participated in an event on this topic.  I found it really informative and felt the representation of panel members was very diverse and for me had an impact.’  – Anon, event participant

‘I was so looking forward to this event – the topic is extremely important and very significant to the role I have at work.’ Anon, event participant

‘I found this really informative and helpful, especially the personal anecdotes.’ Anon, event participant

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