Ethno-Cultural Officer

Anjali Malhotra


Degree and Year of study: Bachelor of Dental Surgery – Third Year

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

The multicultural community that I have been surrounded by throughout my lifetime inspired me to engage with the office and pursue the role of Ethno-Cultural Officer that I currently hold. I felt that it was time to do more to give back to the ethnic communities that have supported me, and to stand up for multiculturalism and inclusion.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2021?

I wish to work towards a future where inclusion and diversity are both able to freely exist within our society, especially within the university community. I want to work with my fellow SRC members and the student body towards making this future a reality and ensuring that each and every student is able to be their true self, discover their journey, and build their identity without any barriers or judgement during their time at university. I hope to build a safe space for students to discuss their issues and their journeys, and seek solutions to inspire and be inspired. I will work towards establishing an environment where ethnic diversity unites our community.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I involved with the Adelaide University Dental Student’s Society, Adelaide Indian Students’ Society, Insight Global Health Group – Dental Subcommittee, Adelaide Fashion Collective, and University of Adelaide Women’s Collective.

What led you to join the clubs(s)?  

My interest in student engagement, passion to be involved in communities with whom I am able to relate to, and motivation to bring change to society as a whole, have inspired me to join these clubs. The social interaction, encouragement from fellow students and members, and the fun events and activities they organise, have also played a role in furthering my interest in the clubs.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

Experiencing the enriching history of Rome, taking a quiet journey through time.

Favourite place to study on campus?

Level 2 Barr Smith South Study Spaces

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Yes, it can be an intimidating time starting university for the first time. Yes, we’ve all been there and worked through the nervousness. You may be feeling anxious, excited, nervous or even be having mixed feelings about your journey ahead, but rest assured that it is completely fine to feel this way or any way that you are feeling right now. I would like to let you know however, that things do get easier once you’ve settled in. University is about making friends and having fun, enjoying the events and late nights, so remember to do that. Remember to enjoy this journey that lies ahead because it will be one that you cherish forever and one that gives you countless memories that stick with you until the end. Also remember, that there is a whole lifetime left to live beyond university, so use your time here to prepare yourself for that world because university is also about enriching yourself with knowledge and learning, and when time comes and when it matters most, your hard work here will pay off.