Dr Maithri Goonetilleke
Old Carey Grammarian (1997)
'When we internalise the understanding that every human being, regardless of their circumstances, is created equal, then it changes the way we live our lives.'
Having personally experienced discrimination based on his race and sexuality, Maithri is passionate about building awareness and understanding of issues relating to diversity and inclusion.
Maithri is an Associate Professor of Global Health at Monash University and has spent the last 15 years dedicating his time to working with poor and marginalised communities in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) – an area devastated by extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDs epidemic.
Maithri practises as doctor both in Australia and abroad, aiding those who are disadvantaged by their socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexuality or religion. He sees that every human being, regardless of their circumstances, is created equally.
Recognising the role that young people can play in shaping a more diverse and inclusive society, Maithri was instrumental in starting a program at Carey where university students from ethnic minorities work with our students to address issues of racial prejudice, implicit bias, bullying and structural discrimination.
This initiative, aimed at stimulating conversation and building greater awareness of these issues, continues to be a powerful and integral part of our Year 10 curriculum.