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Anti-racism is more than ‘not being racist’. It is rooted in action and requires taking steps to eliminate racism at all levels, individual or interpersonal, institutional and systemic.

Anti-racism is challenging racism at all levels, from the unconscious bias and stereotyping that it is built upon to the persistent power imbalances in decision making spaces. It must actively change the policies, behaviours, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions. 


* the principles of Anti-Racism are applied to all forms of discrimination for workshops, with specialised content for specific groups.  


'Saying “but I’m not racist” also allows people to avoid participating in anti-racism. It’s a way of saying “that’s not my problem” while failing to acknowledge that even people who are not racist still reap the benefits of a system that is biased against other people.'

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Upstander Framework

For responding to and preventing discrimination and racism

Welcoming Clubs, in collaboration with Melbourne University and the STARS project, offers a 90-minute Upstander Training Workshop tailored for community sports clubs.

Participants gain actionable knowledge on addressing discrimination and racism incidents. However, true inclusivity requires understanding the roots of prejudice and discrimination.

Welcoming Clubs is the sole Australian initiative providing comprehensive learning experiences on both understanding prejudice’s foundations and effectively responding to incidents for sporting communities and organisations involved in planning, delivering or funding sport and recreation activities. .

The Active Inclusion workshop is a self-reflective learning experience where individuals are challenged to investigate how they experience the world and how they act within systems and structures that are designed for a dominant group. Do they challenge or reinforce the norms of those systems? 

Subsequently, the Upstander Training equips attendees with a framework to address discrimination and racism incidents effectively, reinforcing club values and expectations to prevent future occurrences.

A common barrier to reporting incidents is the lack of belief in a responsive system. Upstander training addresses this by introducing reporting tools and aligning with existing governing bodies’ processes.

About Welcoming

Welcoming Australia exists to cultivate a culture of welcome and create a future where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong contribute and thrive. 

Welcoming Clubs is an initiative of Welcoming Australia, proudly supported by the Scanlon Foundation. 

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Our work is conducted on the stolen lands and waters of First Nations representing hundreds of clans and language groups. We acknowledge that our lives have benefitted from theft and dispossession and that we have a responsibility to support the efforts of Indigenous peoples as they work towards self-determination, sovereignty and land back. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. 

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.