Harmony Week, 15 – 21 March 2021, is a time dedicated to celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity—it’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. This is an opportunity to come together in friendship and community to acknowledge the diverse multicultural nation that we live in; regardless of cultural or linguistic background, whether you are First Nations, born in Australia or a migrant who’s made Australia home, everyone belongs!
Nearly 50% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
Harmony Week also marks a significant day on 21 March: the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year’s theme is ‘youth standing up against racism’ and encourages us all to speak out against racism and intolerance. You can learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at the UN website.
How can I celebrate Harmony Week?
There are many different ways you can participate in Harmony Week and celebrate our cultural diversity:
- Wear orange. For Harmony Week, the colour orange represents meaningful communication, freedom of ideas and mutual respect. Wear something orange this week—or decorate your desk or social media—to show your support.
- Attend or host an event. There are plenty of events happening in celebration of Harmony Week across Australia. If you’re keen, why not organise and host your own event? It can be as simple as a morning tea in your workplace or an online video call with friends and family.
- Learn more. Reach out to groups in your community, or start with some research online, and learn more about the diverse people you live, work and go to school with. Harmony Week is the perfect time to educate yourself! How can you support diversity and fight racism?
More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
Griffith is also doing its part to support cultural and linguistic diversity. Students and staff can enrol in the online Cultural Competence Program through Learning@Griffith to enhance your understanding of issues relating to equity, diversity and inclusion.
More information about Griffith’s diversity initiatives can be found on the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity webpage.