TIM O'CONNOR - communications director
REFUGEE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
"The Refugee Council of Australia has worked for a period of 6 months with the principals of Our Race in the co-presentation of training activities to adults working with a range of cultures. These activities aim to raise the awareness about the experience of people from multicultural backgrounds.
We have been impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to the methodology of sharing the lived experience of cultural minorities; with the level of information about multicultural groups and issues presented as part of the training and the interactive ‘open’ nature of the training.
We believe the presentations have the potential to significantly enhance knowledge and change perceptions of ethnically diverse people including persons from a refugee background.
We look forward to working together with Our Race and wish the organisation every success in the future."
Prof. Glen Bates Phd. - Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Engagement) - Swinburne University of Technology
“The Our Race training is a particular focused period of time where people in a group get to reflect on each other’s stories, people’s understandings, what prejudice may be, but also how we can actually celebrate diversity rather than have difficult in interacting with each other. It is an acceptable way of doing this, it is personally meaningful way and that seems to be the feedback we have had in running these workshops. People open up to new ideas, open up to different ways of interacting with each other and also become more aware of unconscious prejudices they may have. So, that’s really valuable for us within a university context but I think the model works really well for any organisation as it brings together the people who are there, it brings a very personal level of engagement”
shelley diamond - principal - chipping norton public school
“We had a really good afternoon that was completely targeted to our school and it still resonates with us today. Their program is amazing. It has changed our school. It has opened doors. We’ve heard the stories, it’s beautiful, and we are going to continue on this journey”
CIMEN FEVZI - Head teacher hsie - marsden high school
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Yesterday's presentation was excellent! I'm certain you would have noticed this in the evaluations. Some staff members have already made use of the presentation, relating some of the stories to their classes. I'm really keen to continue our relationship and extend it beyond professional learning with staff. I'd really like to get students involved."
FEDA ABDO - research and communications officer - muslim women's association
"Our Race is doing some fantastic and necessary work in the community. Focussing on establishing and enhancing real connections, and not just ticking boxes, is essential in ensuring that Australian society does more than just ‘tolerate’ one another. Our Race is implementing programs that allow us to understand and appreciate one another, which leads to a more cohesive and socially aware society, and MWA is honoured to have been part of this process."
craig shim - Director & Founder
Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists
"It's been my privilege to have had a professional association with Our Race over the past few years - I have tremendous respect for the work that they do. In addition to their cultural competence and years of experience progressing the multicultural agenda, their genuine passion for social justice is consistently manifested in all their interactions. Very few people can hold an audience spellbound, and I've been fortunate to have witnessed first-hand Our Race's wonderful ability to influence attitudinal change, time after time."