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Professor Yin Paradies is driving change for the better

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CDU Alumni Award Finalist Professor Yin Paradies

Professor Yin Paradies is passionate about educating the newest generation of academics, policy makers and government representatives for a more inclusive society.

Yin is recognised as an international expert on racism and has contributed significantly to studying the impact of racism on Indigenous Australians’ health and welfare while examining anti-racism theory, policy and practice across many different settings.  

A solid foundation

After graduating with his Bachelor of Science, Yin undertook further qualifications and now works as Professor and Chair in Race Relations at Deakin University. But it was CDU that gave him the foundation to follow his dreams.

“I’ve always had an interest in science and had some experience studying physics,” says Yin.

CDU’s course was appealing to me because I recognised that it would build on my existing skills and knowledge and provide me with general academic and research skills.

A leader in his field

Yin has authored 207 publications since graduating, including 137 peer-reviewed articles. His contributions have been cited in multiple journals including the International Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of General Internal Medicine, but his expert knowledge is more far reaching than that.

“I wrote the first comprehensive multidisciplinary framework to reduce race-based discrimination and support diversity launched by the Victorian Deputy Premier,” says Yin.

“I’m also the key expert advisor to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy and the Victorian government’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan.”

Awarding change

Yin has received many accolades for his work including the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award and Scholar of the Year at the National NAIDOC Awards. And when it comes to firsts, Yin is leading the way.

He’s been a key scientific advisor on worldwide programs aimed at embracing and accepting diversity, and has been instrumental in recommending improved police practices following a Victoria-wide inquiry on police racism and migrant youth.

His research has led to positive outcomes.

My research on racism in the NSW rental market led to the NSW Real Estate Institute joining the national anti-racism campaign and committing to improving education in race-sensitive conduct for real estate agents.

Short and sweet

With experience under his belt, Yin has only piece of advice to his younger self.

"Be passionate about what you study as it’s this that will help you succeed."

Yin received the Indigenous Alumnus Award at the CDU Alumni Awards.

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