School communities are highly diverse, representing a wealth of different knowledge, ideas and experiences. Encounters with racism and discrimination are no different.
Developing a shared understanding of key concepts, terminology and contemporary student experience is a great foundation for future action in this area.
Racism: When it happens at school, we pick it up
Chapter 1 introduces the issue of racism and discrimination in Victorian secondary schools. We discuss some of the key definitions and take a look at what the current data is telling us.
In Chapter 2 we enlist the help of prominent academics and former students to provide insight into racism in schools from those who have experienced it.
In Chapter 3 we explore some of the reasons why racism is sometimes difficult to recognise, and often challenging to talk about.
In Chapter 4 we look at what schools can do – and what they are already doing – to proactively address racism and discrimination, and to create safe and inclusive environments for all.
Watch a young person’s story
Book a Shout Out speaker
Shout Out is a public speakers agency run by CMY, that trains and nurtures young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and views with a wider audience.
Speakers are available to deliver fresh, engaging and thought-provoking perspectives to school and community audiences, on the topic of racism and discrimination.
Online training module
For school leaders and teachers
The following resources are designed to support school leaders and teachers who are facilitating conversations about racism within the school environment.