‘Our Diversity is our Strength’ at USQ
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will join the community in celebrating cultural diversity at Harmony Day this week (Wednesday, March 16).
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said Harmony Day was another way in which the University and wider community could join together to celebrate our diversity and learn more about each other.
“Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from countries around the world,” Professor Thomas said.
“USQ is committed to be inclusive and be an environment that values, supports and benefits from its multicultural community.
“We would love the local community to join our Harmony Day event as we celebrate Australia’s rich tapestry of cultural, social and religious diversity.”
The USQ community will mark the occasion with a day of dancing, singing, food stalls, cultural games and a fashion show.
The event will be officially opened by USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings. Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio and Multicultural Affairs Queensland Director Ms Julie McDougall will also attend.
USQ Multicultural Coordinator Mr William Conwell said the 2016 Harmony Day theme was ‘Our Diversity is our Strength’.
“The event, held at USQ Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield, will feature stalls and activities with representation from places such as Japan, Nepal, Iraq, India, China, Korea and the Philippines,” he said.
“I invite everyone to come along to have fun and learn more about how all Australians belong to and enrich our country.”
For more information about multiculturalism at USQ visit www.usq.edu.au/about-usq/about-us/multicultural.