All Together Now Managing Director Priscilla Brice shares her Fellowship Experience
17 Apr 2018
What was your Churchill Fellowship topic?
I was awarded my Fellowship in 2013 for travel to Poland, Belgium, France, the UK, and the USA. The title of my Fellowship was “A Study into the Factors Which Make Non-profit Racism Prevention Initiatives Effective”. It’s a bit of a wordy title, but basically, I wanted to find out whether there were commonalities among successful anti-racism organisations that I could implement here in Australia.
What motivated you to apply for a Churchill Fellowship?
I started a racial equality organisation in 2010 called All Together Now. At that time, while there were some anti-racism activities around Australia there wasn’t an anti-racism organisation that was dedicated to designing and implementing solutions to racism. This to me signalled the extent of denial of racism in Australia, because without an institution committed to tackling racism, surely the chances of erasing racism were minimal. So I was keen to learn from other organisations overseas about how we might address racism in Australia.
Of course I also had political motivations for learning more about effective anti-racism. I was appalled by the treatment of asylum seekers and First Australians and wanted to understand how to challenge the system that continues to perpetrate these atrocities.
How did the Churchill Fellowship benefit you?
I really enjoyed my Churchill Fellowship! It provided me with a unique experience to learn about effective anti-racism practices that I would never have learned from a research paper or a book.
Aside from the excitement of travelling to several different countries, I benefitted from the years of experience that leaders of non-profits across Europe and the US shared with me. This allowed me to fast-track many years of trial and error and focus on what I’d observed had been effective elsewhere. I now have a much greater understanding of the diversity of anti-racism actions that are possible.
The Fellowship also helped me to improve my research and report writing skills. After my Churchill Fellowship I successfully applied for a scholarship to study an MBA in Social Impact at UNSW, and I believe that having a Churchill Fellowship really helped in securing that scholarship.
How did the knowledge gained from your Churchill Fellowship benefit your work in the not-for-profit industry?
When I returned home from my Fellowship, I shared what I’d learned with my fellow Board members at All Together Now. Ultimately, my trip resulted in a change of direction for the organisation, to focus on promoting racial equality through education.
More broadly, it helped me to realise that successful racial equality organisations focus on providing solutions, and frame the problems in a positive way without avoiding the word racism. They also encourage institutions to think about racism in a systemic way. These learnings still influence how I approach my work today.
What major achievements or milestones have you reached since going on your Fellowship?
It’s been four and a half years since I returned from my Fellowship travels, and since then I’ve completed an MBA, and All Together Now has won an Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations! This has all built credibility, which in turn has lead All Together Now to be awarded two multi-year government grants that fund our projects. So ultimately the Fellowship has influenced the positive social impact that our organisation is making.
What's next for you?
All Together Now has just about finished developing its 2019-2021 strategic plan, and it’s an exciting plan so of course I want to continue to play a role there.
More about Priscilla Brice
Priscilla Brice is the Managing Director of All Together Now, Australia’s racial equity organisation. All Together Now imagines and delivers innovative and evidence-based projects that actively combat racism.
While working as a campaigner for an Indigenous rights organisation, Priscilla realised that although there were occasional anti-racism campaigns in Australia, nobody appeared to be doing this work consistently. She felt particularly dismayed about the way asylum seekers and Aboriginal people have been treated in Australia, and so founded All Together Now in 2010.
Priscilla was awarded an MBA in Social Impact from the University of NSW in 2017, and completed the Sydney Leadership Program in 2008. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship that enabled her to visit, investigate and learn from antiracism NGOs in Europe and North America during 2014. Priscilla was awarded a Western Sydney University Community Award in 2013 for her antiracism work.
In partnership with the Churchill Trust, Community Sector Banking is sponsoring two new Churchill Fellowships in 2019 to benefit the not-for-profit sector:
- The Community Sector Banking Fellowship to identify successful approaches to developing leadership, people and culture that position the not-for-profit sector for future challenges.
- The Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to investigate ways in which relationships between indigenous peoples and communities and the not-for-profit sector can be mutually beneficial
Applications open again on 1 February 2019 visit www.churchillfellowships.com.au