Diversity – The Fabric of Modern Society

In our ever-diversifying societies, we are becoming more concerned with not only the lives that have come together but also the quality of life that groups of people are experiencing within communities. As we become more aware of our needs as people and communities, both socially and economically, we have realised that all members of our communities need to be able to participate in society and have access to opportunities at all levels. From being apt job acquisition and access to services to connecting with family members and accessing personal interests, communities are enriched when all experience social inclusion. This essentially means that all people have the best opportunities to thrive in their personal lives and society, including being supported through personal crises and having opportunities for their voices to be heard. Communities practising social inclusion can evolve as a whole with no one being unjustly left out.

This month we have invited experts and scholars from various industries and backgrounds to have a conversation about diversity and social inclusion. Each guest speaker will share their work, social projects and stories and shed light on how to promote this theme across different communities and groups. Our guest panel will touch on employment opportunities, general well-being and decision making during urban planning among migrants, disadvantaged youth groups, smart city dwellers and unprivileged women. We invite you to join us in having a conversation with our speakers and learn more about how we can all be a part of creating social inclusion and why it would benefit your community to do so.

Event Details

Date & Time: Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost Range: $5.50 – $20 AUD

Speakers

Luz Restrepo

Luz Restrepo

Founder Sisterworks

Ben Vasilio

Ben Vasilio

CEO Youth Projects

Dr Natalya Turkina

Dr Natalya Turkina

Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT, Graduate School of Business and Law

Biheng Zhang

Biheng Zhang

Director of Philanthropy – Pollinate Group

  • The complex and interconnected world in which diversity forms the fabric of the modern society.
  • Shaped by globalisation, technology advancement, growing economies, migration, and cultural evolution.
  • Diversity, in a nutshell, is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating their individuality and celebrating what makes them different, in many ways and forms (Source: globaldiversitypractice.com/what-is-diversity-inclusion/)
  • Inclusion is a conscious effort to encourage bringing groups or individuals of different backgrounds together, and ensuring that they are culturally and socially accepted, while also treated equally. It is a sense of belonging to promote respect and value amongst everyone.