Advancing Community Cohesion Conference 2017

An Invitation from the Conference Convenor  

“A national forum to explore Australian answers to global and local challenges to community cohesion”

In July 2015, Western Sydney University hosted the 1st National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – Towards a National Compact.  An indication of its success was the request from many of the 250 or so attendees for a follow up conference.

Inspired by the encouragement, and committed to inclusive, thriving communities, Western Sydney University is proud to announce the 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference – Today’s Challenges and Solutions.  The event will be held from 20 to 22 November 2017 at our Parramatta South Campus.

The Conference will bring together Australian and international delegates to consider the broad range of challenges to social cohesion.  Delegates will include government ministers and senior government officials, academics and researchers from universities and research centres, leaders and practitioners from the private sector and civil society, as well as religious leaders and scholars.  The sharing of expertise, experiences and lessons learned at the Conference will focus on identifying solutions to the challenges which can inform policies and strategies, and ultimately facilitate better functioning communities at all levels.

The 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference promises to be relevant and inspiring.  It is an opportunity to contribute to improving the communities and societies in which we live.

I warmly invite you to join me and other delegates at the Conference from 20 to 22 November 2017. 


Dr Sev Ozdowski AM FACID
Conference Convenor
Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
Western Sydney University and Chair, Australian Multicultural Council

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