The University as a Place of Refuge

26 Jul 2017

Impact School: Place | Wednesday 26 July


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Panel: Dr Caroline Fleay, Professor Baden Offord, Dr Lisa Hartley, Abbas Nabhani & Ghulam Raza Mumtaz


In the midst of a political climate where too much attention is given to voices seeking to divide our communities and to marginalise and exclude some of their members, educational institutions have an important role to play. This includes universities in relation to people seeking asylum who came to Australia by boat, many who are effectively excluded from accessing higher education by Australian policies. This session will explore a collaborative project coordinated by Curtin University’s Centre for Human Rights Education that includes people seeking asylum, community members, and the Centre’s researchers and students. The project is an initiative underpinned by an understanding of the university as a place of refuge that provides opportunities for mutual learning between members of the university and the broader community, including people seeking asylum. The panel features two students seeking asylum: Abbas Nabhani and Ghulam Raza Mumtaz.