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‘Speak out against racism’ – Developing and Implementing an anti-racism intervention in Australian schools

Join the Center as we welcome distinguished scholar Naomi Priest from Australian National University to talk about anti-Racism interventions for youth! 


June 1, 2018


12:00 - 1:00 PM


16-032 CHS 


Speak out against racism (SOAR) is a multi-level, multi-strategy school-based anti-racism intervention currently being implemented in Australian primary schools funded by an ARC Linkage grant. This presentation will describe the background context of SOAR, including available data on experiences of racism among Australian children and youth, the rationale and conceptual framework for SOAR, and discuss initial feedback from schools implementing the program.

About the Speaker 

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Dr Naomi Priest is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University.

Her broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address inequalities in health and development across populations and place and throughout the lifecourse. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand differences in health and development experienced by children and youth from Indigenous backgrounds and from ethnic minorities, and explanations for observed differences across intersecting identities and experiences such as gender, socioeconomic position, and disability. Much of this work focuses on patterns, mechanisms and prospective influence of adverse early life exposures and stressors, including discrimination, stigma and bias. She is also interested in socialisation processes among children from stigmatised and non-stigmatised groups, including development of racial/ethnic attitudes, bias, stereotypes and prejudice. A third area of her research is focused on initiatives to counter stigma, discrimination and bias and promote diversity and inclusion among individuals, organisations and across society.

Dr Naomi Priest received her PhD in 2009 in population health at the University of Melbourne. She then completed a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) post-doctoral fellowship 2010-2014 also at the University of Melbourne with training in social epidemiology. In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

She was recently awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2017-2020) to continue her work on How does early life adversity “get under the skin” to influence lifelong health? – Identifying opportunities for prevention among Aboriginal and ethnic minority peoples