New strategy to empower Indigenous success
Western Sydney University has launched a new Indigenous strategy, reflecting a renewed commitment to Indigenous Australians and an expansion of educational, leadership and Indigenous-led research opportunities at the University over the next five years.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Barney Glover AO said the new strategy embodied the University’s longstanding commitment to and learning from the world’s oldest continuous culture, and recognised the University’s campuses are hosted on the lands of the Darug, Tharawal, Eora and Wiradjuri nations.
“Western Sydney University is enriched by our Elders and valued Indigenous community. And when we foster Indigenous excellence in education and research, all the members of our community benefit. This Strategy is a priority for the University and will open up opportunity here in Greater Western Sydney,” said Professor Glover.
Professor Michelle Trudgett, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation, said the strategy will serve as a conduit for progress in a region that is home to one of the largest urban Indigenous populations in the country.
“The Indigenous Strategy articulates an ambitious platform that seeks to celebrate Indigenous culture, people and knowledge. Importantly, this Strategy is of relevance to every student and staff member at the University, as well as our wider community,” said Professor Trudgett.
Through a multifaceted approach, the Strategy identifies seven key areas: students, employment, research, learning and teaching, community engagement, leadership, and cultural viability and knowledge. Implementation will be led by the University’s Office of PVC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation.
Download the Indigenous Strategy 2020-2025 from the Western Sydney University website (opens in a new window).
26 May 2020
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