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Multicultural Advisory Panel

At Polaron, we are committed to the principle of valuing cultural diversity. We believe that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are not homogenous and the Australian community is made up of many different cultural and ethnic groups, with considerable diversity within each. We believe that asking people about what they want is key to engagement and effective communication. When seeking feedback, we can focus on health, legal or any other resources requiring peer review or community approval.  

Polaron’s Multicultural Advisory Panel is comprised of leaders from culturally, religiously, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities and their representative organisations. Established by Polaron in 2013 with the aim of improving community outcomes for diverse Australians, the Panel provides direct grassroot response, advice, guidance and feedback about the quality and effectiveness of language services provided by Polaron. It also assists with the development of community profiles, trends and preferences as well as dissemination strategies, creative engagement ideas and communication approaches. 

The principal focus of the Advisory Panel is to provide strategic advice and support ethical, efficient and sustainable engagement with Australia’s diverse communities when producing collateral for government, not-for-profit and community organisations clients. The Panel is a forum that aims to maintain dialogue and active partnerships between Polaron and the diverse communities it serves through the language services it offers. 

We seek guidance and inspiration from the Panel with 14 community members representing a range of lived experiences. We are proud of our track record of creating language solutions with the communities we serve. When creating in-language resources, we also work with over  100 ethno-specific community organisations, community leaders, bi-lingual educators, linguists and consumers with lived and living experience.  

Meet the Advisory Panel

Andrew Gai

South Sudanese-Australian Academic Society Inc.

Daniel Ajak

African-Australian Legal Network

Divina Guerrera

Voice of the Outer Southeast

Fabiola Campbell

Professional Migrant Women

Husna Amani

Centre for Multicultural Youth

James Seow

City of Port Phillip

Kimberley Michiko Clemencio

Council of International Students Australia (CISA) 

Mohamed Mohideen

Islamic Council of Victoria

Nikolaus Rittinghausen

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

Rana Ebrahimi

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Sadia Ali

United Cultural Support Inc.

Sahar Ageed

The Australian Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Advocacy Network

Daniel Ajak

African-Australian Legal Network

Fabiola Campbell

Professional Migrant Women

Husna Amani

Centre for Multicultural Youth

James Seow

City of Port Phillip

The Advisory Panel is convened by Polaron’s director, Eva Hussain and helps us develop stronger links between communities by establishing an effective platform for communication that connects people across cultural, faith, migration experiences and age groups. Whether face-to-face or on-line, when seeking feedback, we can tap into the diverse viewpoints from: 

  • Communities of the top 60 languages spoken in Australia 
  • Communities of over 50 rare and emerging languages spoken in Australia 
  • Communities of the top 30 languages spoken by senior Australians 
  • Communities of the top 30 languages spoken by young Australians 
  • Indigenous communities 
  • Diverse LGBTQI+ communities 
  • Diverse disability groups 
  • Senior groups 
  • Recently arrived migrant and refugee groups 

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