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Courageous Conversations about Race

Course description

'Courageous Conversations about Race' represents a departure from conventional 'trait based' ('Muslims are like this; Chinese are like that') cross-cultural training approaches that have sometimes undermined the development of meaningful cultural competence.  'Courageous conversations' are competency based, and challenge members of the University community to think through the various ways race affects their life and professional practice.

The workshop uses a combination of experiential narratives/stories and values-based exercises within a race privilege conceptual framework to promote a deeper, more active and sustained engagement with the issues of cultural diversity, racism and community harmony.

Participants are provided with a unique opportunity to unpack their own unique racial story, better understand the concept of race 'privilege' and utilise the insights gained to develop a more nuanced understanding of the issues.

Type of course



Lisa O'Neill
People and Culture

Who should attend

Open to all staff

What you will learn

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • unpack their own unique racial story, linking it to the local, national and global context
  • understand the concept of race privilege, and how to examine its influence
  • utilise the insights gained to develop a more meaningful and targeted response around race and culture in a University context

Prerequisites / assumed knowledge