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So far Tasneem Chopra has created 303 blog entries.

I Am Not Your Negro

Feeling at once enraged and in awe of the formidable mind, that is James Baldwin. Thinker, disrupter and truth teller, Baldwin’s stand on calling out the vice of white power in historical and present day oppression of Black Americans, was uncompromising. This film followed his close associations with Medger, MalcolmX and MLK, revealing an inspiring camaraderie in shared visions, that history would prefer to suppress. The juxtaposing of film and news footage, between Baldwin’s notable [...]

2017-11-30T07:37:59+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

High Tea with Healing Ambition

Was honoured that the Cyril Dharmawardana Foundation Inc. (CDF) invited me to guest present at their Annual High Tea event at the Brighton Town Hall Gardens  The Melbourne based CDF is a charity established to assist cancer patients both locally and overseas, . supporting both the Peter MacCallum Institute & Royal Flying Doctor Service.  As a Cancer Charity, CDF promotes cancer awareness and social contribution to the sick. All funds raised were to be utilised [...]

2017-11-30T06:02:28+00:00 November 5th, 2017|

Black Lives Matter making inroads in Australian Activism 

These are some of the highlights from today’s event during which participants had an opportunity to meet with the#BlackLivesMatter* founders and share experiences and learnings from their fight for racial equality.  This event enabled people of colour, young and old, to hold conversations about how to build a movement and fortify power together.  Experiences included: Sharing stories of oppression & survival A panel featuring First Nation Leaders Art & performances Meeting colleagues involved in creating [...]

2017-11-30T05:48:22+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

50 Years of Structural  Racism in Australia- Are we Learning from or Losing the battle?

Superb keynote from Fed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Southpommasane, at Alfred Deakin Institute Conference on ‘50 Year’s of naming institutional racism: realising racial equity or intensifying injustices?’ He deftly conveyed how structural racism as a banal form of discrimination is often implied without malice, unaware of the power paradigms which fuel its existence. Further analysis ensued on being colourblind & identity politics and how these issues entrench the experience of structural racism at the [...]

2017-11-30T05:33:07+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Sky High Heroes

Thrilled to visit the HEMS2 facility in Traralgon, as part of the #AmbulanceVic board tour to a regional site. The breadth of clinical and technical expertise demanded of the air ambulance personnel was phenomenal.  The risks they take so that the rest of us experience patient centred excellence - is remarkable. Am extremely proud to champion an organisation like AV, knowing the quality service they strive for and life saving work they provide, which is [...]

2017-11-30T05:21:52+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Empowerment through Engagement

Enjoyed a beautiful High Tea this afternoon as part of the AAIS ‘Mind, Body & Soul event’. I was delighted to present to the crowd on the topic of ‘Empowering Women’, harnessing our strength, compassion and intelligence. Congratulations to Amina Ymer, Selima Ymer and their team of volunteers, for producing an incredible day, with the intention to raise funds to acquire birthing kits for women in developing countries.

2017-11-30T05:26:42+00:00 October 29th, 2017|

A Panel for all Reasons

Courtesy of Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Seniors, Victoria:“Honoured to have shared the stage today with Australia’s leading voices on race, gender, sexuality, disability and LGBTIQ rights at the 2017 ACOSS National Conference. Understanding how different types of discrimination - ageism, sexism, racism, ableism - interact is crucial for achieving true diversity and inclusion. Thank you Jax Jacki Brown-Disability and Queer Rights Activist, Professor Muriel Bamblett, Tasneem Chopra, Starlady and Ro Allen (via video!) for a [...]

2017-10-25T04:23:02+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Making Inroads into Strategic Change

Today I delivered a keynote address to an inaugural VIcRoadsLeadership Forum.  I discussed the moral and fiscal imperatives of culturally diverse strategies of inclusion in management, upon a context of systemic discrimination impacting minorities.  I may or may not have opened with my roadworthy tweet* (see what I did there): “Why stay in your lane when real change occurs off road, and you can re write the rules?”  *TO RAPTUROUS APPLAUSE  #diversityandinclusion #blueprint #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant [...]

2017-10-24T05:58:14+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

A Diverse Emergency

Today I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address to the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, before a cohort of Emergency Medicine physicians. I spoke to the issue of Diversity in Leadership, as a productivity and moral imperative in a climate of increased cultural diversity in Australia, as well as national benchmarks and gender gap realities. I also emphasised the distinction between knowledge gained as medical CONTENT (of skill), versus knowledge gained as prevailing [...]

2017-10-18T01:23:16+00:00 October 15th, 2017|

Embracing the ABC of Diversity at CCC

Today I delivered a workshop/ presentation on 'Embracing Multiculturalism', as part of the PD program for staff of the Caroline Chisolm College in Braybrook. It's always a pleasure to use these platforms to share the work of colleagues who live by example in bringing their diversity centre stage, challenging convention with full conviction. I'm looking at you @thesukimonster @lukalesson @dengadut & @randaafattah There are SO many examples of resilience and brilliance coming from individuals who combat [...]

2017-10-13T09:34:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|