LIVING IN BETWEEN

Students Against Racism is a great example of how young people can empower themselves as well as educate their community about the impacts of racism.

The group was established in 2008 to give a voice to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students who had arrived in Australia as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. This group of students, with the help of EAL teacher Gini Ennals, created Students Against Racism and developed the presentation/workshop series that we call Living in Between.

 

Over the past 11 years over 320 young people from countries such as Sudan, Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Bhutan, Burma, Ethiopia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Iran, Pakistan, India, Chile, Poland, Italy, Vietnam, Uganda, Burundi, Kuwait and Timor, have joined the SAR group and trained as presenters. Over 13 200 people in Tasmania and interstate have attended one of the SAR activities. The group has investigated anti-racism programs from around the world and incorporated the “Racism It Stops With Me” campaign into their program and developed a number of activities that allow the students and audience to explore together the forms and consequences of racism, and how it can be addressed.  Some of these activities are:

  • Living in Between presentation suitable for a workplace/or professional conferences. This is typically a 60 minute interactive presentation which can be adapted to suit the time available 

  • Living in Between workshop which is a six hour course suitable for primary and secondary students  

  • A short course for tertiary classes and community groups

  • A two hour professional learning workshop for teachers, community development workers and other service providers​​

  • Speakers who can talk at meetings, assemblies and events about the impact of racism and solutions for our community

Living in Between is successful because the young presenters are telling their own stories. It is a two way process with the students gaining as much as they are giving. They gain skills in English, public speaking, teamwork and experience in organising and running a project. They have reported that the confidence, skills and the sense of being connected to Australia that they get from SAR has enabled them to take this next step on their pathway.

“I am an original SAR member. I used to feel isloated and misunderstood but SAR made me feel valued and that I had something to give back to Australia. It gave me power because people wanted to hear my story and listen to what I was experiencing plus I saw how it helped others. I have worked as a paid project officer for SAR for 4 years and this experience got me into other work. I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year by the Hobart City Council in 2012 and I have representaed SAR at activities all over Australia. Now... Hobart is my home and I am a part of Australia.” - Nene (SAR member and co-founder)

The feedback the group receives from participants proves that this group is having a real impact on changing people’s ideas and reducing racism. Many people say it is “so different to watching something on TV or reading it in the paper”. Getting to know someone, sitting opposite them and having the chance to ask questions and hear personal stories  in a safe and open environment seems to be the key to building empathy and encouraging people to connect with each other and address discrimination and racism together. Activities are tailored to the audience and will inspire and educate students and community leaders alike.

“Meeting this group of resilient and brave students was a special experience. They shared their personal stories with us to help us understand why they left their homes. They have been through so much but they are ready to give back to the Tasmanian community. It helped me to understand what racism is and how I can work to stop it. It should be available to every student from primary school to university" - UTAS Student

©2019 Students Against Racism

We acknowledge that we live and work on the land of the muwinina people and we pay our deepest respects

to elders past, present and future.

At SAR, we understand what it is to be removed from your homeland and we will never take opportunity to live on this beautiful land for granted.