Sienna Aguilar

Facilitator, Researcher, and Community Engager in Brisbane Australia

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Hi there. I'm passionate about engaging communities in social justice, preventing gender based violence, and supporting resilient social change movements. I help groups reflect on their practice and build quality relationships, because systems change starts with fruitful conversations that spark meaningful actions, be it in the family, groups, organisations or communities.

I have 14 years' experience in research, education/training, program/project management, facilitation, and youth and community engagement. I have conducted research projects with organisations such as Carers NSW, Think+DO Tank Foundation, and Western Sydney University. For over four and a half years I drove White Ribbon Australia's national program supporting school communities to embed whole-school approaches to primary prevention and respectful relationships education. During this time I had the privilege of working with diverse communities, educators, welfare professionals, volunteers, and young people in NSW and across Australia.

I currently lead community engagment at the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC), where 50% of the community legal centre's work is domestic violence related. I am also part of the organising crew of THE SHIFT to gender equality network, an emerging network of gender equality advocates committed to listen, think, trust, and act differently.

In my spare time I enjoy practising Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and supporting women's BJJ.

If you are supporting positive change through your organisation/group and looking for a facilitator, project consultant or qualitative researcher, I would love to hear from you.

My skills and experience in facilitation and training, applied social research, organisational change, strategic planning, and systems thinking are part of my toolbox to contribute to the community.

  • Work
    • IARC
  • Education
    • Master of Education (Social Ecology), WSU
    • Master of Applied Social Research, Deakin Uni
    • Diploma of Management (She Leads), YWCA Canberra
    • Bachelor of Arts (Music), ANU
    • Cert IV Training + Assessment, YWCA Canberra