Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM
The Australian Council for Human Rights Education has a pool of speakers and trainers available to assist you with a whole range of aspects of human rights education. These experts include:
Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM, since 2005 Independent Expert – Human Rights, works currently as Director, Equity and Diversity at the University of Western Sydney. He also is Honorary Professor in the Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
From 2000-2005, as the Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, he authored the ground-breaking "National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention "A last resort?" (which ultimately resulted in children being released from mandatory detention by the Howard government) and the National Inquiry into Mental Health Services "Not for Service" report, which placed mental illness on the national agenda as well as conducted the strategic National Inquiry into Disability and Employment "WORKability".
Vincenzo has had extensive experience and provided leadership in multicultural education, the arts, curriculum and community cultural development in South Australia and beyond.
He is committed to promoting peace, cultural diversity, and minority languages through his work on state, national and international projects and as board member of key bodies which include Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Living Health SA, History Trust (Migration Museum), Australian Commission for UNESCO (Cultural Network Australia and Asia Pacific Region) and the Australian Council for Human Rights Education.
Vincenzo has coordinated a number of significant community based projects involving African (Sudanese and Somali), Arabic Speaking, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Burmese, and is a recipient of several arts and community awards including the Australia Council Community Cultural Development and SA Music Industry Award (World Music Category).
He has experience in research, policy, training and development, and has presented at a number of national and international conferences and forums on themes related to visual arts, music, minority languages, multicultural and human rights education. He has published articles and produced educational resources (“Flamenco Forms and Rhythms” and “The Arts; the heart of cultures”) to promote an understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity within multicultural Australia.
Vincenzo’s international experience is wide as a performer and educator which include his role in recent years as Consultant Foreign Principal at Zhongshan Middle School.
This Polish born Australian has an LLM and MA in Sociology from Poznan University, Poland and a PhD from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. In 1984 Dr Ozdowski was awarded the Harkness Fellowship which took him to the Universities of Harvard, Georgetown and California to work on race relations, international human rights and public administration. Between 1980 and 1996 he worked within the Federal portfolios of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General's and Foreign Affairs.
Dr Ozdowski can assist you with:
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