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Welcome the first blog of our new look website, freshly launched 8th November 2018. Welcome to the first blog post of this new website! I’m super excited to be launching this brand-new website and continuing to share new developments and my personal thoughts on topics cross cutting diversity. My apologies for those who have been keeping up with the old blog posts but since we encountered a number of issues with the web host, we have unfortunately lost the old posts so this is a fresh start.

The aim of the blog is to share knowledge, information, research and experience as it pertains to matters of cultural diversity. The blog will also be a reflection of myself as a person with all that makes me who I am so I will not hesitate to share views and opinions on emerging or pressing topics.

So, who am I? I live in Western Australia and have done so for the past 10 years since relocating to Perth from Sydney. I originally come from South Sudan although I was born in the North and spent my early childhood in Egypt before being granted refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and migrated to Australia with my family in 1998. I’m the founder of Diversity Focus, a consulting company focused on providing cultural competency training and consulting services covering a range of topics, click here for full list of our training workshops.

As a passionate human rights advocate, I approach the work that I so with great optimism as it aligns with my passion for doing by bit in fostering a safer and more inclusive world for all. I also approach my work from a unique and multilayered approach, a varied professional background informed by research.

I’m also a mum of two gorgeous kids, a son and daughter who are turning 6 and 3 respectively. Fun and challenging ages but loving the joy that comes with it all (and yes, I’ll admit the stress and challenges of juggling career and family). I also teach at Curtin University as a Sessional Academic with the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work teaching a range of multidisciplinary units and have done so for the past 3 years and loving it! Because all that wasn’t a crazy enough, I am also undertaking doctoral research at Curtin on a very part time basis. I’m looking forward to re-examining my work schedule (as I expand and enlarge the team) leading into the new year for the sake of my sanity and trying to actually have a more ‘balanced’ life (whatever that’s supposed to mean). I have a super supportive hubby which makes a HUGE difference (shout out to my boo!).

Aside from the joys of being a mum and everything else, I am also a very artistic person, or at least I used to be. I always loved art in high school and actually believed at some point that I would have a romantic career as a visual artist. Plans changed though when I discovered my true passion…human rights and social justice. So why human rights? I guess that’s another blog for another day, let’s just say for now that an in-class exercise in year 7 led me to a traumatised discovery of the plight of women and girls and the rest is history.

Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog. I will be honest and sometimes a little uncensored in my opinions, I hope you’re ok with that? As I continue to post, the tone of my blog posts will be shaped by the content and the context of what I am sharing so some posts will naturally have a more serious tone.

That’s all from me for this week.