World Kitchen: Celebrating Swinburne’s diversity

Monday 8 April 2019

A man eating noodles at Swinburne.

Swinburne staff and students shared in traditional dishes celebrating diversity.

In summary

  • World Kitchen celebrates diversity of the Swinburne community through sharing traditional dishes
  • The event followed Swinburne’s role as a patron sponsor of Cultural Diversity Week 

Bringing together cultures from around the globe, Swinburne’s World Kitchen event celebrated the strength of diversity and inclusion.

Running each year, Swinburne World Kitchen celebrates the cultural diversity of the Swinburne student community and the joy of sharing food with others.

At the event, student teams cook dishes that celebrate their cultural backgrounds to share with the Swinburne community.

World Kitchen student team.
Student teams cooked and shared dishes celebrating their heritage. 

Cooking up some culture

Speaking at the event, Vice-President (Engagement) Jane Ward outlined Swinburne’s continued support of diversity in all of the university’s activities. 

“Swinburne is proud to celebrate all the religious and cultural backgrounds that make up our community, not only on days like today but in all facets of university life,” she said.

“Every day, we aim to make each individual within our diverse community feel a sense of belonging and encourage those from diverse backgrounds to share your cultures. Social inclusion is part of who we are and we strive to make everyone at Swinburne feel welcome.”

A world kitchen team of students.
Five student teams contributed to the World Kitchen event. 

This year the dishes from the five student teams included:

  • Beijing style noodles from China
  • ‘Puff-Puff’ traditional dish from Nigeria
  • Dolma from Iraq
  • Gado-Gado from Indonesia
  • Chicken Kottu from Sri Lanka

Students eating food at World Kitchen.
Swinburne staff and students were invited to share in the celebration. 

Cultural Diversity Week

Swinburne World Kitchen followed Swinburne’s involvement as a patron sponsor of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Cultural Diversity Week 2019, from 16-24 March.

At the end of the week, Swinburne staff and students took part in celebrations at Federation Square, promoting a message of inclusiveness as part of a day incorporating different cultural food, music, art, design and dancing.

A Swinburne stand at Federation Square.
Swinburne staff and students also took part in celebrations at Federation Square during Cultural Diversity Week. 

Swinburne is also co-presenting the VMC’s Film Festival and is currently seeking entries. Short listed entries will be screened at ACMI on Thursday 23 May 2019.