As interfaith officers, we hope to ensure that students of all faiths are able to practice their religions comfortably around campus and organize interfaith events. Promoting understanding and appreciation of the many faiths and cultures present on campus is our main aim to enable a positive culture on campus. We hope to create a comfortable space where students can interact with each other as well as encourage dialogue between people of different faiths. Engaging with other groups for different events is also a focus for 2016. Zahra Makki, Aya Mustafa and Dimitry Palmer make up your interfaith officers for 2016.
Zahra studies Biomedical Engineering, is a member of the Muslim Wom*n’s collective and through the interfaith officer position hopes to build bridges between the different communities at the university.
Aya studies Secondary Education and Arts and is also a member of the Muslim Wom*n’s collective who intends to organize events which include inviting guest speakers, holding healthy debates and opening up brighter doors to knowledge.
Dimitry is a member of the Russian Orthodox Faith and believes that religious freedom is inherently tied to freedom of speech, and that it is a fundamental right founded in the Australian Democratic Tradition that should never be subject to discrimination or degradation. Dimitry hopes to encourage religious societies on campus to continue to engage students and remove the stigmas that may discourage students from expressing their faith.
We hope for a smooth university experience for all students however if any negative encounters with fellow students or staff do take place on campus based on religious beliefs, do not let it slide. If faith-related incidences occur on campus, please report to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help mediate the issue. Please do not leave any incidences unreported as issues need to be tackled so as not to be repeated.
Interfaith activities and events will take many forms throughout the year, and as interfaith officers we encourage you to get involved in the religious societies on campus. Each society has many and great things to offer and getting involved will raise awareness and understanding which is highly encouraged.