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'll celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all our campuses. We also have activities across all campuses for the week of March 18–22. See below for event programs and pledge to Close the Gap.
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. 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
“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
Harmony Week T-Shirts
Get in the spirit of things with a vibrant Harmony Week t-shirt! Simply visit the GUMURRII and Student Services stall on your campus throughout the week and donate at least $2 for students and $5 for staff to get yours. All stalls run 11 am – 2 pm.
Contributions will go to the Miriam Rose Foundation Lego Drive.
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.
Gold Coast campus program
Logan campus program
Mt Gravatt campus program
Nathan campus program
South Bank QCA and QCGU campus programs
Show your support from anywhere
Not on campus and want to show your support for our diverse Griffith community? Add a Harmony Week profile frame to your display picture or post a story with the Harmony Week story frame, available on Facebook from 18-22 March.
- Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue
- Griffith International
- GUPSA (Post Grad. Association)
- GUMURRII Student Support Unit
- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
- Head, Logan Campus
- Student Guild
- Student Services
- Griffith Sport and Activities
- First Peoples Health Unit
Our thanks to
- Mr Henry Smerdon, AM DUniv, Chancellor
- Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Queensland Performing Arts Centre