Ethnocultural Department

The Ethnocultural Department Executive sitting at a stall

Who are we and what do we do?

The Ethnocultural Department is an autonomous and non-political group that provides a community of support, comradery and solidarity for all Ethnocultural-identifying students at the University. We advocate for the ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse, attend and organise rallies, throw events on campus, have fortnightly meetings, and socialise online and over coffee.

Who forms the collective?

Every undergraduate student who self identifies as ethnoculturally diverse is a member of this department. 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. This definition includes, but it 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 are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Our Roots

The Ethnocultural Department was formed in 2015 as a collective with the vision to become an official department of the Australian National University’s Student Association (ANUSA). The collective was formed by students who saw a lack of representation, advocacy and community for ethnocultural identifying students at the university. 



Autonomous Facebook group:

Aisha Setipa Ethnocultural Department Officer

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