The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has joined a national campaign to help people better understand, and take action against, racism.

Racism0714_gy_002The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me campaign is designed to ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable; provide resources to help take practical action against it; and empower individuals and organisations to respond effectively.

USQ, along with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGOs, has signed up as a formal supporter of the campaign. Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said it was important for the University, as a community leader, to show its strong support for cultural diversity. “Australia’s rich cultural diversity, including its indigenous population and extensive immigration from around the world, is a vital part of our national identity,” she said. “USQ recognises this and supports a wide number of students from differing cultures and communities to achieve their educational goals.  USQ has a commitment to the eradication of racism in line with the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 – a commitment we take very seriously.”

Professor Thomas said the University would support the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign’s invitation to Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism. “By supporting this campaign, we hope to raise awareness and help more people understand what racism is and to use the tools provided to try and stop racism where they see it,” she said.  “Recognising that racism is an ongoing issue that requires active change is a step towards a more positive future.”

For more information about USQ’s involvement with the campaign, visit www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/about-us/stop-racism.

via USQ