Mon, Oct 19, 2020 8:00 PM –

Sun, Oct 25, 2020 12:00 PM (GMT+11)

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19 - 25 October, 2020 | Students & Staff Welcome to all events

Diversity Fest is a key event that celebrates our incredible diversity across many dimensions including culture, sex, gender, physical and mental abilities, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religious practices and socio-economic status.

Each year Diversity Fest events are held across the university and include live performances, artwork, panel discussions, stalls, film screenings and more.

This year we are doing things a little differently, with a group of students and staff working together to create an inclusive event online, featuring various awareness and celebration activities, spanning over seven days. We want to provide a place where we can come together and connect through diverse experiences, perspectives and discussion, especially during the current pandemic. Seven words were identified to help highlight the importance of Diversity in 2020 and each activity will be themed to one of these pillars. They are as follows:

  1. Freedom
  2. Resilience
  3. Communication
  4. Innovative
  5. Aspirations
  6. Awareness
  7. Togetherness

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Past Events

Sat, Oct 24, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Plot located opposite to the library (Building T) and Building P, Kingswood Campus
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Ground-Breaking of 'The Grove', the Kingswood campus food garden (Saturday Session)

This is the long-awaited ground-breaking of the Kingswood campus student community food garden at Western Sydney University. The event is a collaboration between the Environment Collective, SRC Penrith Campus Rep, the SDG Students Program, First Nations Rep and Farm It Forward.

With a guest appearance from Costa Georgiadis, we will be converting our garden beds to wicking beds, planting and creating a worm farm. You are welcome to come and do as little or as much as you like, and you don't have to be there for the whole session.

7 Spots Left
Sat, Oct 24, 2020
8:30 PM – 11:55 PM
Online Event
Conscious Presents Virtual Music Concert (FREE)

Conscious Presents

This year Campbelltown Arts Centre has hooked up with Inside Sets to give you a live experience as close to the IRL thing including real-time crowd interaction as the artists perform and backstage interviews

Conscious Presents is back for 2020. Bringing you the hottest line-up from Western Sydney…..

A.GIRL, Jessica Jade, Spvrrow, Slim Set and Zeadala
With MC L-FRESH – The LION

When: Saturday 24 October
Where: Zoom
Virtual Doors Open: 8:30 pm

C-A-C is giving a free ticket to all Western Sydney University students. Once you have completed this registration you will be redirected to claim your free event ticket. Discount is applied at the "enter your details page" so please disregard any charges that might be showing at the start of the ticket registration.

If you have any issues with the redirect link or have any other questions please contact unisport@westernsydney.edu.au

Fri, Oct 23, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Event
Zoom link
Live Student Webinar hosted by The Badanami centre for Indigenous Education

In line with the theme Aspirations The Badanami centre for Indigenous Education have come together with students to do a live webinar. This webinar will include introductions of each of the students and staff as well as detailed questions around aspirations, goals and the students journey into Tertiary Education.

Fri, Oct 23, 2020
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Online Event
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Watch Party and Discussion

The Environment Collective and Chaplaincy would like to invite you to a Netflix watch party of David Attenborough's latest piece, "David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet". It is a timely film discussing the progression of the planet in his lifetime, and the hopes he has for the future. We will then have a discussion of our responses, and how we can aspire for change in the current climate.

To join the watch party (2:30 - 4PM): https://www.tele.pe/netflix/dff8c21ca5173807?s=s119
To join the discussion (4-5PM): https://uws.zoom.us/j/89697031896

Fri, Oct 23, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online Event
Zoom link
African-Led Solutions: Connect with a Buddy in Africa

Are you living in the African Diaspora? Do you believe in African-led solutions to the equity, sustainability and development challenges facing Africa? Join us on Fri 23 Oct 7-8 PM to connect with a buddy at an African university & make a relationship with impact ✨

Thu, Oct 22, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Online Event
Creating flexibility and efficiency in your study habits using Read&Write.

Come and find out how to access Read&Write, and learn how you can apply it to your studies.

Thu, Oct 22, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Online Event
Bolly X - The Bollywood Workout Class (FREE)

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance fitness format based on High-Intensity Interval Training.

It’s not only a great workout for building muscle endurance and overall cardio fitness but adding Bollywood flavour kicks up the cultural experience a notch.

About the Instructor Swati:

Sydney-based Swati is a trained Bharat Natyam dancer and certified BollyX instructor. She is also a community mentor and ambassador for BollyX in Australia.

Check out her full bio here -

https://bollyx.com/instructor/swati-pandey/

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Online Event
Zoom link
Conversations on Consent

Exploring consent through multiple perspectives

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Online Event
A Yarn with Aunty Jean

Today we are going to be yarning with our elder in residence Aunty Jean South and gain an insight into her story and upbringing.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online Event
Musos @ Diversity Week

Diversity Week is a week at WSU where we celebrate diversity of all kind, including but not limited to culture, gender, sexuality, physical and mental abilities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, political beliefs, religious beliefs and socioeconomic backgrounds etc etc.

PMC would like to participate with a small performance by musos' members Mjay and Cherrie.

The performance will be live streamed from the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/parramusicclub) on Wednesday 21st 2pm - 3pm. Come and acknowledge and celebrate diversity with us!

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online Event
Online Oktoberfest

To fill the void of every in-person Oktoberfest that was cancelled this year, join our diversity fests online interpretation of the classic Oktoberfest.
Join to fulfil that urge to get dressed up in ridiculous cloths, socialise with your mates while meeting new ones, and enjoy your favourite drinks, or go experimental and try some random German beer you can't pronounce like "Schofferhofer." Bring your cultural cloths, any beverage, and most importantly: Have fun!

As it's an event with alcohol, it makes sense to well inform yourself on responsible drinking. So I have attached the Drinkwise link here as a point of reference. :)
https://drinkwise.org.au/

Meeting ID: 512 484 5935 Password: 331718

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Online Event
Meeting link
Young & Resilient: Researching Resilience in a Digital Society

In this session we will share and discuss how we approach the concept of resilience in critical, dynamic and different ways across the research centre, as demonstrated in three current research projects.
Followed by a panel discussion with the presenters.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Online Event
Get Your Sketch On FREE Art Class (FREE)

Get Your Sketch On is a great way to kick off your evening!

We'll be discovering fun ways for you to embrace your inner Picasso.
Everyone will be encouraged to complete fun and creative exercises that will have you thinking, drawing, sketching and scribbling, all whilst you sip on your drink and snack of choice.

Each drawing task will be fun and quirky. This often results in amusing creations.

We will have you racing against the clock, drawing with your eyes closed, creating to music and oh, so much more. You'll be provided with a creative outlet and a "place" where you can unwind and self-express.

This class is always full of laughs. It's a time to have some fun, chat, breathe or maybe just sit back quietly and take it all in.

ANYTHING GOES!

Materials you will be required to have for the class: Sketch pad, pencils and any other mediums attendees would like to use such as coloured pencils, paints, chalks, texters etc. You will need one form of medium that adds colour.

Tue, Oct 20, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Online Event
Meeting link
Gender Equity and COVID-19

Discussion around how Australian Universities might work to mitigate gendered impacts of COVID19 in conjunction with industry & communities.

Tue, Oct 20, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Online Event
Bingo Live at Diversity FEST!

Hey everyone! We hope you are all doing well and apologise for our recent absence. Join Nap and the Bingobians for 3 fun rounds of bingo, with prizes to be won in every round!

Mon, Oct 19, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Plot located opposite to the library (Building T) and Building P, Kingswood Campus
Ground-Breaking of 'The Grove', the Kingswood campus food garden (Monday Session)

This is the long-awaited ground-breaking of the Kingswood campus student community food garden at Western Sydney University. The event is a collaboration between the Environment Collective, SRC Penrith Campus Rep, the SDG Students Program, First Nations Rep and Farm It Forward.

With a guest appearance from Costa Georgiadis, we will be converting our garden beds to wicking beds, planting and creating a worm farm. You are welcome to come and do as little or as much as you like, and you don't have to be there for the whole session.

9 Spots Left
Mon, Oct 19, 2020 1:00 AM
Sun, Oct 25, 2020 11:00 PM
Online Event
Diversity in Words

Modern Ink will collect quotes from students answering, “what does diversity mean to you?’ (in 140 characters or less) - where students can submit answers based on the seven themes of this year's event. Modern Ink will display these quotes on a large word cloud. This will be a longitudinal process where each year, a word cloud of quotes will be developed, and over time, each year will represent what diversity further means to students. The posters developed will be able to be collectively displayed as a mural.

https://forms.gle/irE3yc15ctG7kTic8

Mon, Oct 19, 2020 8:00 AM
Sun, Oct 25, 2020 11:55 PM
Online Event
The Diversity Time Capsule (by K-Seoul)

To celebrate the diverse community at Western, we have a special activity lined up to finish the semester 👀

K-Seoul will be creating a digital time capsule scheduled to be reopened for 2022 ⏳The time capsule will be in the form of a Facebook event and we are inviting everyone to share their diverse stories by posting photos, videos, memes and anything you would want to share with the future society 🥰

The platform will be an opportunity for us to celebrate and connect with each other's diverse perspectives and conversations at this point in time, as well as connect with our future and former selves ☺️☺️
We hope you can contribute to this special project! 💖

Follow K-Seoul for more updates and announcements
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kseoul
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kseoul_wsyd/
- Western Life: https://life.westernsydney.edu.au/KSEOULSociety/club_signup

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