Victoria University (VU) is proud to support 'Racism. It Stops With Me', a national campaign led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

"Racism. It Stops With Me" invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens, and to recognise we all have a responsibility to make a difference.

The campaign aligns with our vision to be open and excellent, to create an exceptional experience for all students from all backgrounds, and engage with the communities in which we operate.

Campaign aims

"Racism. It Stops With Me" aims to:

  • ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community
  • give more Australians the tools & resources to take practical action against racism
  • empower individuals & organisations to prevent & respond effectively to racism.

VU initiatives

VU has initiatives in place to support the campaign.

Find out more at the Racism. It Stops With Me website.

Cultural Diversity Week 2018

In support of Cultural Diversity Week and the "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign, VU held an interactive session on 'Creating an inclusive, culturally diverse University’ at the Footscray Park Campus on 20 March.

Co-hosted by the Cultural Diversity Portfolio of Learning, Innovation and Quality and the Diversity and Inclusion Team from People and Culture, the discussion panel and Q&A focused on learning and teaching practices in a culturally diverse tertiary institution.

Staff were invited to show their support for the "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign as part of the event.

We can stop racism - videos

These videos are produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The scenarios depicted in the Commission’s 2017 Community Service Announcements highlight casual or everyday racism in a work environment and in the provision of goods and services. The people who experience racism in these CSAs are an Aboriginal man and a woman with an African background.

Independent research has found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with an African background frequently experience racism at work or while using public services such as transport. The Commission’s own data supports those findings.