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‘Students Against Racism’ workshop inspires Bridging English students


Bridging English Unit 2: Celebrating Stories

Story Sharing and Performances engage students in open and honest conversations on the impacts of Racism

On Tuesday 5 November, students from Bridging English Unit 2 participated in a workshop Students Against Racism presented by a Hobart-based group of multicultural youth who specialise in diversity and inclusion training through story sharing. They coached students from Shepparton, Ballarat and Bendigo with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students were given an opportunity to train as young leaders for further workshops. Students were shown how to construct and share their stories through a variety of performances.

For the past three years, the talented Tasmanian group, led by Gini Ennals have led workshops to help others understand the impacts of racism. Drawing on their culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds for inspiration, the group shared stories and performances, aiming to inspire and engage audiences in an honest and open conversation on the impacts of racism.

Students Against Racism (SAR) is a Tasmanian project run as part of the Youth Migrant Education Program at TasTAFE in partnership with A Fairer World, a local community organisation that advocates for positive social change and human rights advocacy. SAR was started in 2008 by a small group of culturally and linguistically diverse students at Hobart College. They realised that most of the racism that they and their families were experiencing was a result of misinformation in the Tasmanian community. Rather than fight back and create a further divide within the community, the students decided that they would share their journeys and stories about the impact of racism on their day-to-day lives and in doing so, connect and educate the greater community. SAR operates on the idea that having an honest, face-to-face conversation about racism, connecting and sharing stories as a community can change the world.

Congratulations to the Bridging Unit 2 students for their outstanding participation in the workshop.

Below are some links with more information about the work of ‘Students Against Racism’.