WA – Harmony Week Debate: Invitation to students.

WA – Harmony Week Debate: Invitation to students.

As part of Harmony Week 2019, the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) will stage a debate on 21 March to mark theInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event addresses OMI’s strategic objective of developing intercultural understanding and promoting the benefits of Western Australia’s cultural diversity.

We are currently seeking currently enrolled university students who are interested in engaging with the issues of multiculturalism and diversity. This role entails a 4 – 5 minute speech debating either the affirmative or negative position. Students will be required to commit to a first meeting with OMI staff, a few hours of preparation time to meet and discuss the topic with teammates, and the 2 hours for the event on 21st March 2019. Two teams of three students will debate the topic The Sharpeville massacre could never happen in Western Australia today”.

The audience will be high school students, and the debate will be judged by a panel of academics from each of the universities.

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hammersley Road Subiaco

Two teams of three students will debate the affirmative and negative positions of the topic. They will be expected to prepare a 4 – 5 minutes speech with the opportunity to rehearse before the event. Speakers will be supported by a team mentor and OMI staff. Students are expected to commit to an initial meeting with OMI; a few hours of preparation time to meet and discuss the topic with teammates; and the 2 hours for the event.

Expected benefits for students include participation in an enjoyable and significant experience and the opportunity to expand their networks. Participants will develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, and analytical and research abilities and will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.

Footage from the 2017 debate is available at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/Resources/News/Pages/Harmony-Week-debate-explores-multicultural-Australia.aspx

If you or anyone you know would be suitable could you please ask them to contact me and send a brief bio and contact number as their expression of interest? The bio only needs to be a short paragraph telling us what you are studying, your interest in multiculturalism, and why they wish to participate? We are not expecting anything too onerous, so a few sentences will suffice. This will help us with finalising the debate panels.

Please submit a brief biography as your expression of interest toCharmaine.Lim@omi.wa.gov.au before 21 February 2019

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