Our Race

Our Race

Our Race is a cultural diversity training and consultancy social enterprise founded in November 2017 to create more cohesive and welcoming communities by sharing stories and engaging people in conversations about the strengths of cultural diversity and strategies to combat dehumanisation and racism.   It means going beyond denial and genuinely acknowledging each other, then taking positive steps to addressing racism.  To begin the conversation get in contact with us at doug@ourrace.com.au or to see more of what we are doing…

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Patrick Gifford

Patrick Gifford

Patrick Gifford is an aspiring political scientist and social researcher, currently working on his Honours in Political Science at the University of New South Wales. Having a deep interest in anthropology and sociology from a young age, Patrick finished his undergraduate Bachelor of Social Research and Policy in 2017. His main issues of academic interest are government accountability to international law and the impact of information technology on politics in civil society.

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Tom Yabio

Tom Yabio

Hi my name is Mebrahtom Yabio, but most people call me Tom. I am 27 Years old and I was born in a Refugee Camp in Sudan called Umrakuba. My father left Ethiopia 1970 because of the war and political unrest in Ethiopia. I am the third youngest of 9 children consisting of 6 sons and 3 daughters. I came with my family to Adelaide, Australia in October 1995. Settling in was easy as we had family already living in…

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Bwe Thay

Bwe Thay

Bwe Thay is a Burmese refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009. He is known both within Australia and internationally as a passionate advocate for the empowerment of fellow refugee migrants and asylum seekers through education. A graduate of the Australian Catholic University, Bwe now works as a Migrant Student and Community Liaison Officer at Swinburne University of Technology. His work at Swinburne has contributed to that university becoming a leader in providing a welcoming environment for refugee migrants and asylum…

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Parsu Sharma-Luital JP

Parsu Sharma-Luital JP

Parsu Sharma-Luital JP is a former refugee, arrived to Australia in 2002 from Bhutan. After obtaining Master degree in Horticulture from the University of Melbourne in 2004, Parsu have worked with number of newly arrived refugees and migrant communities. Parsu is currently studying Master of Public Policy from RMIT.  Parsu is currently works for Victoria Police as the New & Emerging Communities Liaison Officer. The Government of Victoria appointed Parsu as the Victoria’s Multicultural Champion in Oct 2017 for breaking…

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Marama Kufi

Marama Kufi

Marama Kufi fled the Oromia region, Ethiopia, in the 1980s as a refugee. After more than 10 years of refugee life, Marama migrated to Australia in 1999. Since arriving in Australia Marama has been both studying and working. Marama has spent most of his time supporting others as a volunteer, in particular, refugees and asylum seekers. Currently, Marama is working as a volunteer in various communities, he has a range of roles, including leading/ running community organisations and services. His…

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Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff has worked for the Refugee Council of Australia since 2009, where her current role is Senior Advisor – International and Community Engagement. Louise is due to complete here PhD in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her doctoral research focussed on the role of refugee diaspora organisations in the international refugee regime and the motivations, modalities and implications of diaspora humanitarianism.

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Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman

Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman

Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman, well known as Habib, is the founder and spokesperson for Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization (ABRO) based in Melbourne, and Secretary for Arakan Rohingya National Assembly an international Rohingya organisation based in the United Kingdom. Habib co- authored Taboo Burmese which was published in 2012. Habib is an ex-detainee, having arrived in Australia in 2009, he spent 32 months in an Australian detention centre. Habib is a blog writer for arakandiary.com    

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Susan Alfayadh

Susan Alfayadh

As a person of a refugee background, Susan is especially passionate about creating change on the issues that affect the daily lives of people seeking asylum. Her personal experience has informed her community organising work at Oaktree and at ASRC, where she has worked to build a diverse movement and ensure that there is platform for people with lived experience to advocate for themselves. She has also worked extensively with young people, aiming to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to become leaders…

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