Regional CALD Youth Scholarships available to attend the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference

by Esther Lozano - Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Ray Williams on behalf of the Premier, announced that the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW (ECC NSW) and Western Sydney University were successful recipients of a grant to host the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference at Western Sydney University Parramatta South campus from 20-22 November 2017. 

Conference scholarships

Through a generous grant from the New South Wales Premiers Fund for Social Cohesion, the University and ECC NSW have partnered to offer Conference scholarships to regional youth aged 18-25 years from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.  The scholarship will cover the Conference registration fee, transport and accommodation.   

Some of those selected for a scholarship will be invited to host a session at the Conference to speak on the following issues: 

·        issues affecting the ability of regional youth from CALD backgrounds to effectively engage in their communities

·         ways to help address these issues

·         success stories and lessons learned from engaging in the community. 

ECC NSW’s Chairman Peter Doukas says: “We are very pleased to be part of this important initiative which will allow young people from rural and regional areas to have the experience of sharing their stories, their challenges and achievements. Working towards social cohesion is at the core of our organization’s aim, and having new ideas and fresh perspectives from youth participation and engagement is very important for multiculturalism to thrive in the future. I encourage all CALD youth from rural, remote and regional areas across NSW to apply for a scholarship to attend the Conference”.

More than 30 speakers have confirmed attendance to the Conference to date, including: 

·         Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs;

·         Hon Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia;

·         Senator the Hon Richard di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens Party;

·         Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; and

·         Mr Dor Akech Achiek, a young former refugee from South Sudan who is a Youth Project Officer working with refugees, humanitarian entrants and people seeking asylum.  

For further information, including on the Conference objectives and themes, please see the Conference website