Courageous conversation: Exploring cultural responsibility and race in the public sector

Event Details

  • 26 February 2019
  • 10:00am - 11:30am
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By 2038, more than half of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population will be of Māori, Pacific and Asian descent. This changing racial landscape provides new opportunities for us as leaders to explore insights and innovations to address the challenges connected to race and systemic racism. What we learn from other cultures, experiences and working styles can enhance decision-making and create an engaged, high-performing public sector culture.

Dr Matthew Farry will introduce you to the ‘Courageous Conversation(™) protocol’. He will help you explore your understanding of how race and culture impact our lives, our work and our communities.

“Our workplaces must reflect and embrace our racially diverse population, and this requires us to achieve racial diversity at the highest levels of leadership. This in turn will allow us to better meet the needs of our communities. Dr Matthew Farry

In this Learning Lab, you will:

  • engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism
  • develop strategies and skills that will help you contribute to a more culturally responsive public sector
  • practice using tools to engage with and understand the impact of race and racism within in your organisations
  • develop strategies, knowledge and skills to help you build diverse and successful teams.
  • learn to identify the barriers to building an inclusive workplace culture.

“According to the protocol for Courageous Conversation, the first person with whom we need to have honest dialogue is ourselves.” Glen Singleton, a race equity educator based in San Francisco.

Facilitator Dr Matthew Farry

Matthew has worked extensively, as a leader, educator and researcher, in the field of migration, settlement, intercultural communication, anti-racism, and equity and inclusion in organisational development. After receiving his doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Otago in 2000, he relocated to Lebanon. During his time there, he held positions at the American University of Culture and Education (Director of Communication) and at the Lebanese American University in Beirut (Assistant-Professor in the Division of Social Sciences and Education).

On his return to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2006, Matthew worked at Office of Ethnic Communities in the Department of Internal Affairs establishing the intercultural advisory team. In 2009, he joined Unitec to establish Equity and Diversity Services. In his tenure at Unitec, he also held the positions of Associate Dean International Education and Head of Postgraduate Studies in the Te Miro Trans-disciplinary Network.

In 2014, Matthew received the International Racial Equity Leadership Award for his work with Courageous Conversations about Race, and in 2016 the Institute for Courageous Conversations about Race received the Cultural Celebration Award.

In 2016 and 2017, he co-led the international think tank on achieving racial equity in higher education at the National Summit for Courageous Conversations about Race in Austin, Texas (2016) and Detroit, Michigan (2017). He is currently Director of the Institute for Courageous Conversations about Race South Pacific.

Who can attend

LDC members

This event is free for all LDC members. Numbers limited to 50, so book early to avoid disappointment. Register above.

Non-LDC members

Non-LDC members are welcome to attend, with a fee of $50 + GST. Please email to register.

Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend, please contact info@ldc.govt.nzz by 21 Feburary 2019, so that we may offer your place to a wait-listed person.

Download the flyer: Courageous conversation: Exploring cultural responsibility and race in the public sector (pdf)