Deconstructing' Racism: Strategies for Individual and Organizational Change

Dennis McDermott and David Sjoberg

Feb 23, 2017 — 10:30am - 12:00pm PST (1:30 - 3:00pm EST)



Dave Sjoberg

David Sjoberg

Dave Sjoberg is an Anglo-Celtic Australian with a commitment to social justice and educating non-Aboriginal people about whiteness and a ‘shared history’. He lectures in Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide,

South Australia. While living and working at Camp Coorong Race Relations and Cultural Education Centre, on the Kurangk in Ngarrindjeri Ruwe, he was taught by Ngarrindjeri Elders in his role as a race relations educator. Community based lived experience has helped him develop a strong human rights/Indigenous rights based approach to curriculum development and teaching. His work incorporates enhancing student’s critical thinking and writing in order to decolonize their health care practice. David will describe a joint Deconstruction Exercise developed under the guidance of Elders and integrated into teaching modalities.

Dennis McDermott

Dennis McDermott

Professor Dennis McDermott is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, at Flinders University. Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family is from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW). Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery. In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). Dennis will discuss mechanisms for organizational change in service of enhancing culturally-safe care.