Special guests at the graduation included Mr Hieu Van Le A.O., Chairman of the SA Multicultural & Ethnic Affairs Commission (left) and the Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs (third left) TAFE SA staff (left to right) included Wing-Yin Chan Lee Jean Georgopolos, Linda Are, Helaine Costello and Karen Horner.
The seventh Multicultural Women’s Leadership Course graduation held recently reflects the long term successful collaborative partnership between TAFE SA, Multicultural SA, and the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC).
Integrating foundation skills development and leadership concepts, the course is designed to build skills and self-belief, assertiveness, confidence in making presentations, ability to motivate others and willingness to accept challenges.
Outcomes are evidence of TAFE SA’s exemplary practice in embedding equity principles in training, while addressing the aspirations of culturally and linguistically diverse women.
The 13 women who completed the course were from Ghana, Kenya, Iran, Iraq, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Mexico, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and an indigenous Australian.
TAFE SA Foundation Skills course co-ordinator Jean Georgopolos said the courses had encouraged culturally and linguistically diverse women to build capacity for leadership and community participation. “Some graduates already hold executive positions in their community organisations,” Ms Georgopolos said. “Some are also now members of the Women’s Advisory Committee”.