Multiculturalism in a World of Change

Are you in Years 9 – 12 and passionate about global issues, human rights or multiculturalism?

We want your voice to be heard.

On 3-5 March 2017, more than 125 students from across the state will meet at the Bornhoffen PCYC and take part in the global conversation. You’ll learn about leadership, diplomacy and advocacy. You will connect with issues that baffle the leaders of today and shape our national discourse. Perhaps most importantly, you will form friendships with a diverse array of students from all around Queensland and Northern New South Wales and become inspired to deliver change in your local communities, and eventually the world.

Multiculturalism in a World of Change

  • When, if ever, does our security take precedence over the rights of others?
  • How is promoting diversity still relevant in today’s world?
  • How can we improve the relationships between cultures in an increasingly multicultural society?

Recent years have produced plenty of conversation about multiculturalism. In an evolving world multiculturalism forms our attitudes to national identity, cultural cohesion, conflict, and personal beliefs. These effects change with the incorporation of other cultures into our own. One needs not look further than the refugee crisis to grasp the complexity of multiculturalism in a modern context, where concerns about economic capacity and security are contrasted against ideals of inclusion and humanitarianism.

What’s Involved?

State Conference spans across three days, giving you a chance to meet friends from all across Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

You will spend the first day of the conference meeting each other and getting ready to have some complex discussions. The second day centres around understanding and discussing the issue through workshops, listening to and questioning guest speakers, and tackling a simulated crisis in an Interactive Problem Solving activity. Wind down afterwards at the trivia night, and get your boogie on at our dance!

The final day of the conference is your chance to emulate a member state of the United Nations in Model UN debates. Get into a diplomat’s shoes for a day and do your best to pass resolutions that will benefit the global community and align with your national interests – not always an easy task.

Feedback from Previous Delegates

Here’s what Delegates from past State Conferences have had to say:

“I liked having my stance challenged, getting better informed, and having my perspectives changed by others.”

“I loved absolutely everything! Everyone who attended was amazing, the facs were awesome and I can’t wait to do some more Model UN”

“I loved that all the facilitators were so friendly and entertaining; it made everyone much more comfortable and was a good ice breaker. The types of debates we had were really interesting and new for me, and it was great to debate with such enthusiastic and knowledgeable people.”

“My awareness and knowledge for current affairs had increased drastically over those few days of Summit! I was able to chat to anyone about anything, give my opinion on a certain topic and discuss things that I had never talked about before!”

“Other delegates were so friendly and cool to hang with”

It was an absolutely fantastic weekend!”

Event Details

When: Friday 3 March 2017 – Sunday 5 March 2017
Where: Day 1 – St Laurence’s College, Day 2 and 3 – Bornhoffen PCYC
Who: Students in years 9 to 12
Cost: $217.50

Pick up and Drop off Information:
Delegates should arrive at St Laurence’s College between 8:00 and 8:30am on the 3rd to ensure they have time to register before the opening ceremony at 8:45. Please ensure you use the entrance opposite 59 Stephens Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101.

Delegates should be picked up on the 5th at 5:30pm sharp from Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (near QPAC).

A draft itinerary will be available soon.

Need more info?

Get in contact with UN Youth Queensland by emailing Annika or Kelsey at [email protected] or [email protected].

You can also check out some shots from past conferences here.

We can’t wait to see you there!

State Conference is an event for anyone with an interest in international affairs. It’s a chance for you to meet like-minded peers and share your thoughts on issues affecting the global community. By the time you leave, we guarantee you’ll be better aware of what goes on in the world around you and more importantly about the role you can play in shaping its future.

Em Salmon
State Conference 2017 Convenor