Social Justice Week 2015

Start: 10:00am - 9th Mar 2015
Finish: 11:00pm - 13th Mar 2015
Location: Various
Hosted By: UQU Social Justice League
Cost: Free

Social Justice Week 2015

The annual Social Justice Week showcases the great work of UQ's social justice clubs and societies.

In 2015 we're encouraging you to connect, contribute and change. Just check out the great lineup of free events running throughout the week below and head along.

If you're interested in tackling the big social issues of our time or want to know more about the specific club or society this is the perfect opportunity to get involved.

Social Justice Week Program


Monday 9th March

10.00am - 4pm

Social Justice BBQ, Coopers Road

Grab a seat and enjoy a snag and soft drink. Funds raised will go toward a chosen charity at the completion of Social Justice Week.


6.00pm - 9.00pm

Addressing Workplace Discrimination, Innes Room 1

Are you concerned that your race, gender, abilities or orientation could mark you as a target throughout the recruitment process or in the workplace? Reserve your seat at this free forum. Special guests Dr Paul Harpur (UQ Law), Dr Amanda Roan (UQ Business) and a representative of the Anti-Discrimination Commission will discuss your rights at work, workplace discrimination and remedies.

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Tuesday 10th March

11.00am - 2.00pm

Launch Event, Grassy Knoll

The official launch Social Justice Week launch party!  Network with like-minded students, educate yourself on current social justice issues, and help to raise awareness of various social justice issues. Browse the Social Justice stalls and enjoy live music.


4.00pm - 6.00pm
Alex Bellamey Presentation: Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition, Forgan Smith (01) E219

Alex Bellamy is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia.

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6.00pm - 10.00pm

Gas Land 2 with Drew Hutton, Schonell Theatre

Join the UQ Environmental Collective and special guest Drew Hutton for a free screening of GASLAND II the explosive follow-up to the Oscar- nominated GASLAND which takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). There will also be a pizza buffet for $5 per person.

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Wednesday 11th March

10.00am - 12noon

Oxfam: Short + Sweet, Alumni Court

Short & Sweet is Oxfam UQ's biannual event where members, new and old, come along to find out what Oxfam UQ is all about, and they can be involved. Meet their friendly executive and learn about their plans for semester 1, 2015 and share your ideas.

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2.00pm - 5.00pm

Model UN: UN Millenium Development Goals Panel, Innes Room 2

This Model United Nations will simulate the United Nations Development Programme and examine the issue of gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda.

At the core of the post-2015 Development Agenda there must be a strong focus on achieving a transformative and universal approach to gender-based inequality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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5.30pm - 7.00pm
Women & the Millennium Development Goals, Innes Room

2015 is the year by which the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals were to be achieved by. The UQU Women's Department and UQ United Nations Student Association have joined together to hold a special seminar event to discuss the MDGs that are directly intended to benefit women and how these goals have or haven’t been met, and also to explore how goals that aren't explicitly gendered still often have a disproportionate affect on women.

The seminar will begin with a short session to outline the MDGs and relevant statistics for those who aren't too familiar with them, and will then move on to a panel discussion/Q&A session with guests from the UQ School of Political Science and International Studies and UQ students. We hope all attendees will learn something valuable at this very topical event!

Speakers include:

  • Dr Nicole George from UQ's School of POLSIS, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Dr Heloise Weber, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development Studies at the UQ School of POLSIS
  • Kate Schuetze, Pacific Researcher for Amnesty International
  • Tasman Bain, Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Meri Toksave
  • Molly Frankham, President of the UQ Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition

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7.00pm - 9.00pm

Red Cross Information Night, Social Sciences (24) S402

UQ Red Cross is kicking off the semester with a volunteer info night!
Come along for a night of food, fun and a chance to learn more about how you can make a difference.

UQ Red Cross will be hosting two special guest speakers from the Australian Red Cross, so don't miss out! 

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Thursday 12th March

10am - 3pm
Shave For a Cure, Grassy Knoll

Whether you’re sporting a glossy mane worthy of Instagram fame or a bushy hipster beard we’d love to see you join the UQ Union team to shave or colour your hair on Thursday March 12th.

The awful reality is that today, 31 Australians will be told that they have blood cancer. Your involvement, whether that be through donating some cash or shaving, will fund vital research and help support people with the day-to-day costs of dealing with a diagnosis.

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3.30pm - 6pm
World Cafe, Darwin's Cafe

The World Café is an opportunity for students with disabilities and their allies to discuss issues such as the difficulties of studying at uni with a disability, and what UQ as a university and community can do to improve the student experience of those who identify as having a disability.

Discussions will be held in small groups, and the thoughts and ideas from this session will go on to form the basis of a discussion between the UQAC and the university

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6.0-0pm - 8.00pm
Human Rights in Australia



Friday 13th March

12pm - 1.30pm
Oaktree: Talk Below the Line, Darwin's Cafe

Talking below the line is a workshop which provides background information about Oaktree's campaigns and develops key activism skills. Experienced volunteers will share their knowledge about effective communication in campaigns.

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4pm - 6pm
Milaana Connect Event, Abel Smith Lecture Theatre

The session will be structured starting with 'social enterprise 101' (30-45 mins) where the impact academy team (the accelerator for Milaana) will let students know all about how social enterprises work and the behind the scenes work involved.

Following this Milaana will be introducing each of the social enterprises with student positions available here.

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7pm - 11pm
Social Justice Week Finale

After a great week of campaigning it's time to look back and take stock of the great work UQU social justice clubs & societies have done. Join us in the Red Room for a night of networking, great food and a subsidised bar tab.

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