Seven University of Newcastle Divisions presented their action plans to create a culturally safe and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved with University at the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competency Showcase Day on 2 October 2013.
Participants were welcomed by the Minning Minni Kaiwarrine Aboriginal Dance Group from the Central Coast and enjoyed a bush tucker morning tea and lunch.
Auchmuty, Ourimbah and Huxley Libraries, Faculty Business and Law, Equity and Diversity Unit, Student and Academic Services and Faculty Engineering and Built Environment presented some inspiring action plans to an audience of 60 University staff and community. These actions plans are the final component of the University’s Cultural Competency workshops which are offered to staff to enable the development of a greater knowledge and stronger understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
The seven divisions were presented with a framed certificate from The Wollotuka Institute acknowledging their commitment in building meaningful partnerships between the University and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The workshops aim to enable positive changes in professional practice and capacity building for students and staff in working effectively within inter-cultural contexts. The Wollotuka Institute can design specific workshops for academic units and divisions to meet the needs within these areas.
Contact Estelle Johnstone for Cultural Competency Workshop information.