Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony Conference

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In 2007, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Latrobe University and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted a seminal conference with the title, Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony - The Goulburn Valley Experience at Eastbank Centre, Shepparton.




Conference Overview

This was a two day Conference held at the Eastbank Centre in Welsford St, Shepparton. The conference was sponsored jointly by Latrobe University - Shepparton Campus, the Shepparton Interfaith Network, and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, and the City of Greater Shepparton.

Keynote Speaker, Professor Des Cahill of RMIT University opened the conference with his address on Quality Community Leadership in Multicultural and Multifaith Australia.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Morning Session:

  • Conference Opening
  • Welcome to Shepparton - Mayor Jenny Houlihan
  • Welcome to Conference - Pro Vice Chancellor, Liz Lavender

Plenary Session:

  • Keynote Address by Prof. Des Cahill, RMIT University, Quality Community Leadership in Multicultural and Multifaith Australia
  • Open Forum

Morning Concurrent Sessions:

  • Settlement Issues
  • Multicultural Challenges
  • Integration and Identity
  • Education

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1:

  • Migrant Voices
  • Telling Stories
  • Meeting the Challenges
  • Culture and Identity

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2:

  • Dealing with Diversity
  • Womens' Business
  • Ageing and Caring
  • Identity and Culture

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Morning Session:

Plenary Session:

  • Keynote Address by Sue Casey (Foundation House) Refugee Settlement in Regional Victoria: what are the factors that lead to successful sustainable settlement?
  • Open Forum
  • Migrant Voices

Morning Concurrent Sessions:

  • Settlement Issues
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Practical Solutions

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions:

  • Employment
  • Religion and Culture
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Celebrating Diversity

Plenary Session:

  • Conference Summary What lessons can be learned from the Goulburn Valley experience?
  • Chair: Dr Mary Jo Fortuna
  • Panel: Prof. Des Cahill and Sue Casey

Conference Close and Farewell

Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony - The Goulburn Valley Experience

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