Ethnocultural Department

The Ethnocultural Department Executive sitting at a stall

What does ‘Ethnocultural’ mean?

We define ‘Ethnocultural’ as students who self-identify as being from a minority racial or ethnic origin, who come together with a common experience of facing systemic racism. We use the term “ethnocultural” interchangeably with the term “[people] of colour”, with the explicit understanding that this definition includes, but is not strictly limited to: mixed-race or bi-racial people, people who are white-passing (i.e. are perceived to be white due to skin colour and other identifying features), and people who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.


What is the Ethnocultural Department and what do we do?

The Ethnocultural Department is an autonomous and non-political group that provides a community of support and solidarity for all people of colour at the University. Our Officer represents our interests in the ANU Student Representative Council, giving us a direct voice on university decisions.

Aside from ANUSA work, what we do fits into three categories: advocacy, social and networking. We run campaigns on issues relevant to our communities; anything from refugee rights to mental health. Sometimes these events are non-autonomous, a place for everyone to learn! We also throw events on campus, have autonomous fortnightly meetings, and socialise online and over coffee.

Fortnightly meetings: starting week 2, Mondays 5pm

Weekly Chai & Chats: keep an eye on our Facebook page for information!


Who forms the collective?

Every undergraduate student who identifies with the term “ethnocultural” as defined above is a member of this department. Department meetings and events are always open to all collective members, providing a safe space to speak openly about our experiences and opinions and to plan campaigns and events.

‘Autonomous’: if you see an event labelled as this, then it means it’s only open to those who identify as part of our collective.

‘Non-autonomous’: some events will be open to all, regardless of whether you identify as ethnocultural or not!


Get in touch with us!



Autonomous Facebook group:

ANU BIPOC Organising group:

Report issues/ incidents of discrimination and racism - click here for our anonymous form

2020 Executive

Department Officer: Zenia Vasaiwalla

Deputy Officer: Niroshnee Ranjan

Treasurer: Stefan Thottankal

Secretary: Anushri Goswami

Publicity Officers: Nadia Setipa & Lulu Alvarez-Mon

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which ANUSA operates.
We recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We pay our respect to Elders, past and present, and commit to standing with our first nations people.

Contact ANUSA (02) 6125 2444