Experiential Diversity Project 

ROB

Rob grew up in Queensland and is an engineer, an avid gamer, a atheist and a feminist. Rob has quite a few tattoos and each tattoo is a piece of art that means something to him. Rob spent a year living and working in England and recently volunteered at an African orphanage.
During high-school Rob was part of the ‘jock’ crowd and looking back, realises he sometimes bullied others.


SONYA

Whilst our local presenters come from different walks of life, we all share some common qualities:


• OPEN and genuine in responding to questions
• CONFIDENT speaking about our identity/faith/culture/challenges and personal stories
• COLLABORATIVE in working with schools and co-presenters
• FLEXIBLE and able to work within the hours and locations required by schools
• PREPARED by undergoing prior training and briefing about your school
• SAFE, having obtained working with vulnerable people checks

Sergeant ADRIAN

Following in his father's footsteps, Adrian has been a police officer for more than 20 years and loves his job. As a child Adrian grew up around police and the children of police. He always had role-models who he loved and respected. Adrian's career in the Australian Federal Police has come with many ups and down like keeping the peace overseas, but also dealing with colleagues and friends who took their own life.

scott

Despite being Indigenous, Scott is often asked “Where are you from?" 

Scott’s been the target of racism and discrimination, including run-ins with neo-Nazis while in Germany. Scott has led youth leadership programs in Australia and overseas, and regularly appears on ABC Canberra radio and community news to talk about Indigenous issues.
 

luke

Luke was born in Hangzhou, China. He migrated to Australia to undergo intrusive open heart surgery at the age of four. Luke took a couple of years to learn English at a public school in Melbourne, and a few more years to feel comfortable with his dual Australian-Chinese identity.

Whilst growing up, Luke loved watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and eating pizzas and pies.

 

SABA

Saba is a Muslim-Australian advocate and produces her very own Muslim podcast. In Canberra, she advocates for diversity to be the norm and runs the monthly 'Meet a Muslim' program designed to combat Islamophobia and stereotypes against Muslims.


Sonya loves to laugh, to question, and to learn – especially about her local community. Sonya Gee is the producer for ABC Curious Canberra, an audience-led news project. Sonya is a digital journalist who has produced stories for Radio National and ABC Television. 

Our presenters are just normal people who have gone through difficult times and interesting experiences. Throughout their lives, our team have answered curly questions about who they are, where they come from, and a range of other topics such as:


Australian society and culture, atheism, anti-Semitism, being bullied and being the bully, body image, cyber-bullying, colonisation vs settlement vs invasion, camping, cross-cultural communication, Christianity, converting to Islam, depression, discrimination, divorce, eating disorders, engineering, family, friendship, failure, faith, feminism, finding your passion, gaming, gender, halal, and haram, head-covering, homelessness, hate-crime,  homosexuality, hiking, Indian culture, Indigenous disadvantage, Islam, Islamophobia, justice system, Judaism, kosher laws, LGBTIQ, living overseas, losing weight, love, married life, Mac vs PC, mental illness, motivation, prejudice, prayer, PokemonGo, racism, regrets, relationships, resilience, religious extremism, sex, sexism, skin-colour, self-improvement, suicide, tattoo artistry, terrorism, travel, US President Trump, unconscious bias, working as a police officer, working as a civil rights lawyer, vegan and vegetarianism, violent crime, volunteering, and youth leadership.




  

Our fabulous presenters

Through the 'Ask Me Anything' workshops, Shifra hopes to challenge stereotypes, combat prejudice and encourage mutual understanding. Shifra is Jewish-Indian-Australian, grew up in Mumbai and Melbourne, and now calls Canberra home. During school, Shifra learnt ancient Hebrew for her Bat Mitzvah, studied Japanese in Japan, and was bullied because of her "weird" name and crazy hair.

HEYA

Heya is an out and proud bisexual, transgender woman and recently went through bottom surgery.  Heya is a professional singer-songwriter, a qualified software developer, and Canberra local.

Heya regularly performs at Canberra's Smith's Alternative

brice

Brice grew up in the USA, in a single-parent home with his mother and two internationally adopted younger sisters. Brice has worked as a criminal prosecutor, civil rights attorney, and teacher before moving to Australia to get married and live with his Aussie wife.  Along the way he lost over 70 kilos of weight, got hooked on all things caffeinated, discovered Islam, and has been a practicing Muslim for almost 7 years. Brice facilitated the Ask Me Anything workshop at Radford College on 4 August 2017, in the margins of the Dirrum Conference

Shifra