What is Harmony Day?

Harmony Day is 21 March each year and is celebrated nationally. While its origins relate to the UN-sponsored International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the concept of harmony extends to inclusion more broadly— 'everybody belongs'—from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances. At Griffith we celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all our campuses. We also have activities across all campuses throughout the week. See below for 2019 event programs and pledge to Close the Gap.

Chancellor's welcome

As patron of Griffith University’s Harmony Day, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the rich program of activities scheduled for this very special day on 21 March. As an institution, Griffith University is committed to celebrating diversity and developing communities based on the principles of peace, compassion, justice, human rights, intercultural respect and sustainability. For a number of years we have celebrated Harmony Week across each of our campuses, and in 2015 attracted a ministerial commendation for our program of events. Building on this success, we will be offering a varied program designed to engage, entertain and illuminate in 2019 and beyond. I encourage everyone to participate in this unique opportunity to promote diversity and harmony with our communities.

Mr Henry Smerdon, AM DUniv, Chancellor, Griffith University

At Griffith, everyone belongs

Why come along?

Everyone at Griffith 'belongs' to the Griffith community. We want you to join with fellow students and staff in recognising and valuing the diversity in our community, and celebrating the richness this brings to our learning and work. Plus, it's free and lots of fun!

Get involved

Each year we have plenty of activities and events happening across our campuses, from craft activities, competitions, forums and feasts, to name a few. Check back in March 2020 for next year's programme.

Celebrating Harmony

“I think it’s really important to know about other cultures and religions, to have that understanding, and of course that will break a lot of stereotypes and stigma, and foster that sense of inclusion." - Griffith Student Experience Officer Babin Joy

Close the Gap

In a country as rich and fair as Australia, everyone deserves the right to a healthy future and the opportunities this affords. But Australia's universal health system has been failing First Australians for far too long. Despite a commitment past decade by every major political party to deliver health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the gap in life expectancy and other health outcomes has been widening.

As a supporter of the Close the Gap campaign, I demand that political parties commit to:

  • Unfreeze funding for Aboriginal Medical Services and invest $100 million in a four year capacity building program to fill the highest priority service gaps.
  • Establish an Aboriginal health Authority to oversee service delivery in the mainstream system.
  • Invest in healthy housing for Aboriginal communities by recommitting to a 10 year National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, and reinstate the Housing for Health program to help eradicate third world diseases.

Make a pledge

When you pledge to Close the Gap via the form below, we will add a hand to the Sea of Hands installation at a campus of your choosing.

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Gold Coast campus program

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Logan campus program

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Mt Gravatt campus program

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Nathan campus program

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South Bank QCA and QCGU campus programs

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Harmony Week Posters

Share in the spirit of Harmony Week by displaying these posters in your place of work or study, and help shine a light on inclusivity and multiculturalism.

Who's involved?

  • Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue
  • Griffith International
  • GUMURRII Student Support Unit
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
  • Library Campus Services
  • Tourism Confucius Institute
  • Indonesian Student Association of Griffith University
  • Head, Logan Campus
  • Student Guild
  • Student Services
  • Griffith Sport and Activities
  • First Peoples Health Unit
  • Griffith Pasifika Student Association
  • Griffith University Nakama Japan Association

Our thanks to

  • Mr Henry Smerdon, AM DUniv, Chancellor
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre