Antoinette Lattouf on why cultural diversity matters in media industry

October 29, 2021

Interview with Antoinette Lattouf from Media Diversity Australia Antoinette Lattouf is an award-winning journalist and commentator and is the Director and co-founder of Media Diversity Australia (MDA). She spoke to us about the origins of MDA, diversity in the Australian media landscape, and what her organisation plans to achieve with their recently awarded Crescent Community…

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Dr Florence Barbara Awino: Crescent Champions Club Mentor

October 15, 2021

When we ask Florence what attracted her to mentoring, she tells us tells us something we have often heard while speaking to mentors from the Crescent Champions Club; namely, that she had a mentor when she was younger whose encouragement and support essentially changed the trajectory of her life: from a math-phobic student to an…

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Former Refugee Kane Alkoraghooli Talks Dreams, Flexibility, and Australia’s Complex Cultural Identity

September 27, 2021

Speak to anyone who has arrived in Australia as a refugee and you’re likely to get an incredible story. What stands out about the story Kane tells us is the sheer volume and diversity of experiences packed into his 27 years. In addition to the long journey with his family from Iraq to Australia, Kane’s…

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An Interview with Samy Mansour: Corporate M&A Lawyer and Crescent Champions Club Mentor

September 27, 2021

How and why did you become involved with the Crescent Champions Club?  Well, the ‘how’ involves a bit of history – a friend of mine happens to be the CEO and Managing Director of the Crescent Foundation. We went to law school together. I knew of his background, he knew of my background, we were…

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Professor Betina Szkudlarek on Helping Her Mentees Find Their Breakthrough Moments

September 1, 2021

  When we talk about mentors, we probably envision someone who is able to set us on the path to success armed with a clear, foolproof set of instructions. Professor Betina Szkudlarek certainly has knowledge and experience to share – her CV spans everything from NGO management to the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and…

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Sumaya Housaini: Former Afghan Refugee Overcomes Stereotypes to Blaze Her Own Path in Business

September 1, 2021

  Joining our Zoom call from Sydney, Sumaya greets us with a warm, genuine smile, and for the duration of our 30-minute conversation, it barely leaves her face for a moment. It remains even when we discuss her more difficult experiences, like the discrimination she had to contend with as an Afghan refugee growing up…

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Ford Motors Hatif Karimi: From Refugee to Company Engineer and Mentor

July 30, 2021

When Hatif Karimi tunes into our Zoom call from his Melbourne office, it is immediately clear that he has taken the time to prepare. Sharply suited and with a copy of our emails on hand, Hatif answers each question slowly and thoughtfully, giving each word the careful attention of someone who has learned English later…

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Crescent Foundation partners with Deakin University to nurture refugee leaders

June 16, 2021

Leaders from Australia’s pre-eminent institutions will ‘sponsor’ and mentor up to 70 aspiring leaders from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds Deakin University’s CREATE will facilitate graduate career clinics and empower refugees with practical skills for the workplace Only 17 per cent of people from a refugee background secure paid employment within their first 18 months…

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Crescent Foundation extends refugee student support programs to a third Australian university

May 21, 2021

Crescent Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting refugee education, homelessness, Islamic cultural heritage, and youth and has extended its support for refugee students to a third Australian University. The Foundation has unveiled plans to grant Crescent Leadership Scholarships to four University of Technology Sydney (UTS) students a year for the next three years to help…

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The Crescent Foundation and Western Sydney University support refugee students.

November 21, 2016

The Crescent Foundation and Western Sydney University (WSU) have joined forces and launched a new scholarship program to support high-achieving refugee students. Driven by a shared vision to assist refugees and provide life-changing educational opportunities, the Crescent Foundation will offer the scholarships to students who have been granted permanent humanitarian visas in the past five…

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