Nura Gili News
E d i t i o n
Edition 10: February 2014
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 1
N U e e e e e e e R N N N N n u n n n n n n J u n e 2
This issue: Editorial ............................................................................................................................................... 3 Director’s Message ............................................................................................................................. 4 Meet Rebekah Hatfield 2014 UNSW Indigenous Student Officer ........................................................ 6 UNSW Indigenous Pre-Programs in Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Social Work ................ 7 Sharing of Dugong and Turtle Meat between Torres Strait Islanders ................................................ 10 Nura Gili Student Profile: Lucinda Stewart ........................................................................................ 12 Nura Gili Staff Profile: Nakia Bolt ...................................................................................................... 15 Nura Gili Indigenous Employment ..................................................................................................... 17 UNSW Careers O Week Events ........................................................................................................ 18 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day...................................................................... 19 Nura Gili on the Road........................................................................................................................ 21 UTOPIA FREE Screening ................................................................................................................. 22 Save the Date: Nura Gili 10 Year Anniversary .................................................................................. 23 Make UNSW your first choice ........................................................................................................... 24 Nura Gili- about us ............................................................................................................................ 26 Cover photo by Jaz Grady Nura Gili News www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au/nura-gili-news If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata (B.EdHons PhD) Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: Prof.firstname.lastname@example.org - Prof Nakata's Webpage If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and / or contact us:
Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 02 93853805 Email: email@example.com Website: nuragili.unsw.edu.au
UNSW CRICOS Provider Code: 00098G | ABN: 57 195 873 179 Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.
Global financial services firm UBS has committed to a major investment in support of Indigenous programs at UNSW
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 2
Editorial This edition, our first for 2014 reflects the dynamic and transformative journeys that weave in and out with Nura Gili .This week Nura Gil is abuzz with the presence of our 2014 incoming UNSW Indigenous students gathering for Ngurra – Nura Gili’s orientation program. As Nura Gili staff Scott Parlett and Farhana Laffernis share: “This year we welcome over fifty incoming students to Ngurra. Students are arriving from Victoria, New South Wales (Majority), Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. The program aims to provide commencing students with information to better equip them with the skills required to cope with tertiary studies; as well as provide students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the campus, staff as well as the variety services available to them through the University. Ultimately the goal of programs such as Ngurra is to ensure longer term Indigenous student participation, attendance and university retention rates at UNSW, increasing the capacity for these students to succeed academically as well as in future endeavours. Ngurra strives to provide a safe, friendly and supportive network in which Indigenous students can excel.” This semester sees our Nura Gili Academics continuing to offer a wide spectrum of Indigenous courses drawing on innovative research insights. I encourage all students across UNSW to engage with at least one Indigenous course taught here during your studies as the experience has the potential to shape, impact and transform not only your thinking but your perspective and approach across your studies and your life. Courses on offer this semester are: Indigenous Australia, Indigenous Material Culture-Objects and Their Journey; Indigenous Australian Political History; The Science of Indigenous Knowledge; Torres Strait: Past & Present; Australian Indigenous Identity; Race, Colonialism and Whiteness, Astronomy of Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Studies Capstone. It’s always exciting to discover how well our graduates, now UNSW Alumni are doing and learn more about their journey since they left UNSW. I know I, for one, will be tuning into NITV on Wednesdays, at 8pm, for the second series of Colour Theory where two of our COFA graduates Teho Ropeyarn and Lucy Simpson are two of the “Cultural Trailblazers” documented in this series. Both Teho and Lucy have and continue to keep close associations with Nura Gili and COFA and we are very proud of their continued success. For those of you lucky enough to be in or are visiting Adelaide for their 2014 Festival I encourage you to check out Four Rooms and Artist Panel which include the work of Tess Allas, Artist and Associate Lecturer in COFA’s School of Art History and Art Education with Artists Charlie Schneider and Vernon Ah-Kee both of whom are COFA graduates. th
In 2014 we will be celebrating Nura Gili’s 10 year anniversary, with a number of events planned for later in the year– keep an eye out In future editions of Nura Gili News and our Nura Gili website to see how you can be involved. If you are a UNSW Indigenous Alumni we and are establishing a UNSW Indigenous Alumni network would like to re-connect with you – see page 21 for further details. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see John Pilger’s film UTOPIA RSVP for our free Screening here at UNSW th on Friday 28 February 2014 –Registration see page 20 for more information. Enjoy this month’s issue - our contributor’s make it an inspiring read!
Rebecca Harcourt, Editor
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 3
Directorâ€™s Message Here we are again in 2014, at the beginning of another academic year at Nura Gili, to welcome you all back on campus. Navigating university and academic life is not always easy. It is an exciting journey to take but it takes a lot of hard work and commitment, and there are always ups and down along the way. It is not uncommon for all students, not just Indigenous students, to feel alone or be anxious or overwhelmed in the beginning. I can assure you that by the end of first semester, the strange will be familiar and your confidence will have grown. And yes, the journey is experienced differently by everyone and settling in can be a more challenging process for some than for others. For some, the first semester or first year is the really difficult one. For others, it is not until later years that academic demands or personal circumstances become more challenging. At any time in your degree, difficulties with academic demands can cause stress and affect your personal health and wellbeing. Or difficulties with personal issues, such as health, finances or accommodation can affect your academic work. Sometimes it is hard to sort these out and often these challenges manifest in anxiety, avoidance of study, reluctance to seek help, or feelings of defeat. Whenever you are anxious or panicking, come and see us at Nura Gili. Many of you have already had contact with Nura Gili staff and know where to come for assistance. For those of you who enrolled independently or have only spoken to staff over the phone or through email, I urge you to come to see us at Balnaves Place. We would love to meet you even if you do not need us. Nura Gili provides a meeting and study space and a range of services just for you. We are very used to helping studentsâ€™ navigate the difficult issues on campus. We too were students just like you. There is no question, no worry, no need that is too small or too large for us, and if we cannot help we can certainly guide you to someone who can. While it is never too late to seek assistance, much more can be done if you approach us earlier rather than later. So donâ€™t be shy. Come and see us. As a family, Nura Gili also welcomes visitors to Balnaves Place. We love to meet your parents and families and for them to see where you study and what services we provide. We also appreciate that sometimes you might need to study with other students in your courses, so invite them back to your study space. We also provide access to any UNSW student who take our Indigenous Studies courses. Our family values emphasise care and respect for everyone. While visitors are always to be made welcome, care must also be taken to not disrupt those studying. Our values stress personal responsibility and honesty with regard to personal and academic conduct. Nura Gili staff are extremely proud of the way our students conduct themselves in Nura Gili and across the university. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 4
Nura Gili could not provide its services and programs without the dedication of staff who work hard on your behalf. As Director, one of my New Year resolutions is to remember to thank staff more than I do, and I urge you to do the same when thanks are in order. We also could not operate without support from other sections of UNSW and our sponsors who generously donate time and/or funds for various programs and scholarships, and in recent times, our new location- Balnaves Place.. I urge you to acknowledge and express appreciation to sponsors whenever opportunities arise. It goes without saying that scholarship holders should write a formal note of thanks each year they receive support to their sponsors. Keep in mind that not all donors are corporates, and that some individual donors give willingly because they are committed to social justice and better futures for Indigenous people. While Nura Gili provides a home base for you on campus, I encourage all of you to mix with other students across the university. You have a valuable opportunity to get out there and find your place in the world beyond what you know. This does not mean that you leave your community behind. You are Indigenous wherever you go. The University provides opportunities for you to understand more of the wider world and its history and diversity by mixing with people from diverse backgrounds and taking an interest in where they come from and what their interests and goals are. While Nura Gili takes a great deal of pride in our student services, we also take time to celebrate each and every one of you. We love your stories and we love to hear you laugh and to see you have fun. To honour the suffering and struggles of your forbears, the best thing you can do this year is to work hard at your study, graduate with pride and dignity, and go on to live productive, happy and healthy lives. If you can do this, you will not only have much to give back in the future but you will have succeeded in life. Have a wonderful and healthy academic year. Prof N M Nakata (B. Ed. Hons. PhD)| Director, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au Prof Nakata's Webpage
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 5
Meet Rebekah Hatfield 2014 UNSW Indigenous Student Officer My name is Rebekah Hatfield and I am a third year Media and Law student. I am a proud Bunjalung, Wadjuri and Darumble women. I am also the UNSW Indigenous Student Officer and sit of the Student Representative Council (SRC). I’d like to welcome you to UNSW on behalf of both the SRC and the rest of the Indigenous student cohort and give you a little bit of an over view of the SRC- who we are, what we do- and some of the programs we will be running this year. Firstly, the SRC is the peak student representative and advocacy body within Arc. The primary function of the SRC is to protect and advocate for student rights, ensure the student voice is heard on matters that impact students and make positive change both at the University and across the wider community. The SRC run a lot of really great programs and collectives that you can get involved in. The Indigenous Portfolio will be creating an Indigenous Society. The aim of this society will be to promote Indigenous culture on campus as well as facilitating discussion about issues in the “Indigenous Affairs” sector Along with this there will also be the creation of a mentoring program, which aims to reduce the rate of Indigenous student ‘drop outs’ by providing them with informal advice and support. Please watch this space, as there will opportunities for students to volunteer for this program. Finally, we will be running a few events throughout this semester for Harmony Day, Close the Gap Day and Reconciliation Week at the end of this semester, so again, watch this space as there will be more information closer to the date. If you’d like to get involved or have any ideas for events and campaigns please get in touch with me: email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 0401498587 Rebekah Hatfield
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 6
UNSW Indigenous Pre-Programs in Business, Education, Law, Medicine and Social Work by Lucinda Stewart 2013 pre-program students set the bar higher for the following years to come Every year Nura Gili hosts an Indigenous pre-programs, which is an alternative entry into UNSW. The program is run over a three to four week period and is an intensive academic residential program aimed at high school leavers and mature age students. The faculties involved in the program are Australian School of Business, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine. Throughout pre-programs the students undertake various methods of being assessed on journal entries, essay writing, group assessments, oral presentations and the dreaded examinations. Much is covered during the program and this forces the students to be organised and determined to finish the program, if they want to gain entry into university. The first new addition to pre-programs was the School of Education. In the past, entry into education was not included in the preprograms, but through another access scheme. Therefore the students undertaking the pre-education program were piloting this new program. Indigenous pre-programs every year is adjusting and improving to offer more Indigenous people the opportunity to gain entry into university. Pre Program in Education
This year I was a night supervisor with Quinton VeaVea and we would rotate shifts with Brylie Frost and Scott Parlett. One thing in particular that I noticed about the 2013 pre-program students was that the students were more focused. When I reflect back on when I was a participant of pre-programs in 2010, I donâ€™t recall the students being so motivated and on top of the workload. The 2013 preprogram students were spending their weekends up at Nura Gili studying and working on assessments. They really proved to me, the other supervisors, Nura Gili Staff and UNSW Staff that they wanted to be in the program and that they were not taking this program for granted, as they deserved to be here with the opportunity to study at UNSW. For some of the students, their parents did not even finish high school, so for them to even finish high school is amazing. This positive movement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is that the aim is not to just finish high school, but to get university degrees. Pre-programs for some students is the start of a new beginning. Something the students will take from the 2013 UNSW Indigenous pre-programs is that they know and appreciate is the opportunity to study their chosen degree will continue to open doors. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 7
Pre Program in Business
Each day the students would come back to Shalom College and wind down for a little while before getting back into the university work. The students would make great use of the study rooms with the rest of their faculty groups. If the students were unsure of what was expected of them, they would speak to Quinton and me. The students felt comfortable enough to ask us when they needed help and we would look over their work to make sure they were on the right track. By the end of the pre-programs I no longer just felt like their supervisor, but their sister and for some like their mother. I hated waiting patiently to hear that they were all accepted into university. A few times I thought like I was going to cry when they played jokes on me saying they didnâ€™t get in. But of course when they told me they got in, I felt like a proud mother. The students worked so hard to gain an entry place into university.
Pre Program in Medicine
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 8
Pre Program in Law
The 2013 UNSW Indigenous pre-programs students were by far the closest group that I had seen. Some had known each other previously from other Nura Gili programs such as Winter School and the Spring Forum. The students came out of the program with an understanding of what is expected of them at university and I know each and every one of them are going to do their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities proud. Personally I know it is not easy to just get up and leave your own community, but what all the students soon realised is that they gain a new community and family here at UNSW. The Nura Gili family continues to grow and remains strong enough to be able to support one another while our deadly brothers and sisters continue their studies to prepare for their futures and careers.
Pre Program in Social Work Lucinda Stewart Read more about Lucinda in our Nura Gili Student profile Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 9
Sharing of Dugong and Turtle Meat between Torres Strait Islanders On invitation from Nura Gili’s Professor Nakata and Leah Lui-Chivizhe, two researchers from James Cook University Dr Felecia Watkin Lui and Dr Aurelie Delisle presented about their research and collected data on the use of turtle and dugong by Torres Strait Islanders on the mainland here at Nura Gili on Tuesday 11th February 2014.
“For our part, we were very honoured to be invited by Martin and Leah to present our research at Nura Gili. It provided me with an opportunity to meet Martin and Jeremy Beckett for the first time, both of whom have written extensively on the Torres Strait, and have been very influential in my own research. The visit also provided a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and students at UNSW, and to experience the impressive facilities at Nura Gili. Our heartfelt thanks to Leah, Martin, and Nura Gili” Dr. Felecia Watkin-Lui Kataya Barratt, a Nura Gili student currently studying for a Bachelor Science at UNSW shares her reflections about their talk: In the Torres Strait, ‘the sharing of dugong and turtle meat’ is a vastly evolving cultural issue. The research of Dr. Aurelie Delisle, Dr. Felecia Watkin Lui, Prof. Natalie Stoeckl and Prof. Helene Marsh, delves into the issue of Torres Strait Island communities sharing dugong and turtle meat with their mainland relatives. This evolving practice has created a grey area of how best to manage these instances. There are legislation outlining the hunting of dugongs and turtles in Native Title areas in the Torres Strait, but beyond this, current management practices do not take into account the sharing of dugong and turtle meat with Torres Strait Islander communities on the mainland, which outnumber the population in the Torres Strait. Two of the researchers involved in the project, Dr. Felecia Watkin Lui and Dr. Aurelie Delisle, present the findings of this two-year project. Dr. Aurelie opens the presentation by clarifying that this project is a multidisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Felecia continued the presentation exploring all cultural factors.
Listening to the presentation, I had initially thought the research was going to be centered on scientific findings, which it was not. Though, I was in awe of how Dr Felecia and Dr Aurelie weaved social science, economics and life sciences, together. This multidisciplinary approach is one that needs to make more of an appearance in all disciplines, especially when dealing with environmental issues. Studying marine biology, I find that I am constantly learning that different stakeholders require Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 10
the consultation of different disciplines, in order to find a successful solution. Dr. Felecia recounted how tension between the media and the general community, led to difficulties in fostering a relationship with Torres Strait Islander communities. So, the use of social science to create clarity of what the projects' actual aim was, as opposed to the perception of the project created by the media, was necessary to resolve this tension of uncertainty of Torres Strait Islander communities. After the presentation, I had a chance to chat to Dr. Felecia and Dr. Aurelie about the importance of collaboration between disciplines and the damage media can cause to research projects. In which, I was able to ask their thoughts on the importance of all parties involved to understand the aims of a research project. I came away from the presentation with a greater appreciation for other disciplines, as these disciplines are integral in creating transparency for all parties and increasing the success of a project. Kataya Barratt
L-R Kataya Barratt, Dr. Felecia Watkin-Lui, Profesor Martin Nakata Leah Lui-Chivizhe, Dr Aurelie Delisle
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 11
Nura Gili Student Profile: Lucinda Stewart Where did you grow up? I am a proud Wadi Wadi women of the Yuin Nation, on the South Coast of New South Wales. I grew up there in Nowra until I was 18 – then I moved to Sydney for university. Who are your role models and why? My parents would have to be my biggest role models. They have always been very strong and determined people. They have big expectations of my siblings and me, and they are always helping everyone. Something my dad always says to me is that his dad worked hard and provided the best life for his kids, so that’s why my dad works hard, to provide the best life for his kids. So it’s my turn to work hard to provide an even better life for my family. I can always turn to my parents and know they will be there for me. When did you first hear about Nura Gili, UNSW? I first heard about Nura Gili when I applied and went to UNSW Indigenous Winter School, back in 2009. It’s funny, my science teacher gave me the forms to apply for the program and I didn’t really get along with the science teacher, so I thought it was strange for him to give me the forms. However I soon realised that there was a reason for this. He saw a potential in me that I didn’t even know! I didn’t think that university was an option for me. Winter School opened up my eyes to the future, a bright future! I came back to Winter School the following year and I couldn’t speak highly enough to everyone about the program. I even conned a few cousins to apply. As soon as I finished year 12, I participated in the UNSW Indigenous Pre-Law Program. It was honestly amazing. I got to experience first-hand living in college, Nura Gili and all the support they have for their students, and of course what to expect at university. I felt comfortable because I knew students from the previous Winter School’s that I had attended, but I made even more friends at PrePrograms that I am still close friends with now, I consider them my family. Nura Gili staff made the transition from high school to university a breeze! I knew then that university was right for me and that UNSW was the university that I wanted to attend. Now in your 4th year of an Arts/Law Degree, can you share about your student experiences? I am majoring in Indigenous Studies and Criminology. I really enjoy the Indigenous studies classes as I also get the opportunity to educate people in my classes with my insight into growing up as an Aboriginal woman. I also enjoy my criminology classes, as criminal law is the reason I study law. The reason I study a Law/Arts Degree is because I think that is the easiest way I can help my people. Too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are caught up in the criminal justice system and we need our young people to step up and stop this from happening.
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 12
I also have an internship with Qantas – in the Qantas Community Team as I love working closely with the community, especially helping people less fortunate then myself. I have the best team that are passionate about what they do. My team work closely with the community so we do a range of projects and events from charity drives, to fundraising, to organising events and beyond I have been with Qantas for the past two years. My journey to Qantas started back in Winter School 2010 on a field trip with the Australian School of Business. I had a great experience there and I set my mind on working for Qantas. I absolutely love my internship and I encourage any Indigenous person who attends university to get an internship as this is your opportunity to gain entry into the footpath to the corporate world. I also love playing basketball on a weekly basis. You continue to be really involved with Nura Gili, can you share some of your highlights? The last few years I have been involved with organising the Indigenous University Games which I love, especially meeting all the deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around the country. I also have been involved with Walama Muru, which is a joint initiative of Nura Gili and Student Arc Association – this program involves a group of UNSW students both Indigenous and non-Indigenous working together to fundraise money all year round and then go into a chosen Indigenous community and work on community projects that they may not have the time, money or resources to do. As a Nura Gili Ambassador I love going around to schools and expo’s to talk to students and the general public about what UNSW have to offer and also sharing my experience at university. I have also supervised Winter School for two years and recently been a Pre-Programs Supervisor. I have spoken on countless Nura Gili panels and also work at the front desk of Nura Gili. I get involved in everything that I can and I can’t speak highly enough for Nura Gili. What are you goals after you graduate? At this stage I’m trying to concentrate on doing well while I am at university, but I want to go into the Qantas graduate program. It would be great to work and travel at the same time while gaining experience, so to me it would be a win-win! What are your top 3 tips for Nura Gili students who are about to start their first year @UNSW? 1. Be organised with time management, as assignments and exams come all at the one time and if you are unprepared you will be overwhelmed with work. 2. Network! It is important that you start from day one meeting new people; in the future you never know when you may need their help. 3. Have fun! University years go by quick, so while you are working hard on getting your degree, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. What are your top 3 tips for other Indigenous students who are thinking about coming to study here? 1. Spend some time at Nura Gili, they have the answers to everything! And if they don’t know, they soon find out. 2. Know what you want to achieve while at university, so that you stay on track. 3. The last is simple, UNSW is the best and you have a Nura Gili family here that will support you through anything. So just know that you will be in the best hands possible.
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 13
What does Nura Gili mean to you? Nura Gili means a place of fire and light and to me Nura Gili means family. Nura Gili has always provided me with support and family that I could rely on. The facilities that we have help to maintain this place that we call home at university and there is always people around and willing to have a yarn â€“ just like back home in our own communities. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt
Lucinda and friends at the inaugural Nura Gili Awards Night 2013
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 14
Nura Gili Staff Profile: Nakia Bolt Can you share a little about growing up in the Bahamas? I was born in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. When I think about growing up in the Bahamas I think of family, food and music. These are the three things I miss most. I grew up in a family oriented environment, and I remember climbing the mango and dilly trees with my sisters and brothers and always having a good laugh. My Grandmother, we call her Grammy, is a retired chef who worked at Club Med on Paradise Island. She would cook dinner every Sunday without fail. This included peas n rice, fried fish, bbq chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and plantain. Everyone would get their share because they knew she would prepare enough to feed the whole neighbourhood. Every year in the Bahamas we celebrate Junkanoo, a street festival/parade similar to the Sydney Mardi Gras. During this parade we dance till the early hours of the morning to the rhythm of the goatskin drums, cow bells and brass instruments. I loved growing up in the Bahamas. It was fun, and I have a lot of happy memories!! When did you first come to Australia & why? My husband is the reason for my first visit in 2004. I returned in 2005, and it has now been almost 10 years. It is now my home, and the home of my children. Who are your role models? My grandmother is my number one role model, because she instilled in me a â€˜work hardâ€™ attitude and ethic. She is 78 years old and still going strong. I hope to one day be the strong black woman she is. When did you first start working here? I first started working at Nura Gili in January 2012, when we were located at 26 Botany Street. Where were you working before you came to Nura Gili? I worked at the University of Wollongong as an Administrative/Simulation Assistant in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health. The school was located on the Shoalhaven campus in Nowra. Can you share about your role? In my current role I support the Nura Gili research and academic team. I am responsible for managing the financial administration of Nura Gili research projects and any financial administration for Nura Gili teaching programs. My tasks include processing purchase orders for equipment required for research fieldwork, booking travel, processing reimbursements, entering pay claims for research assistants/casual academic staff and so on. I also assist in other areas when required. Professional development is very important to me. I am always looking for ways to improve myself so I can use that knowledge and understanding to better processes and procedures. I have completed a Certificate IV in Business Administration and a Diploma in Business in the past 2 years. I am now working towards a Masters in Commerce here at UNSW. It was not easy, especially with family and work commitments, but I was able to keep moving forward with my support system, both at home and work. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 15
Nakia with her daughter Savannah As a professional woman, mother of two who is also studying, what are some of the challenges, rewards and advantages about studying as a mature age student? I believe that life is a challenge in itself. But if you have that genuine desire to accomplish something, then there is no challenge that cannot be conquered. My desire is to be a role model for my kids - this is where my strength to continue comes from. My reward will be to see my children accomplish whatever they decide to do in the future. I enjoy studying as a mature age student as it gives me an opportunity to be part of other networks at University of New South Wales, and gives me the opportunity to study an area I am passionate about. I would encourage anyone to continue to improve their skills whether it is through university studies or a training course, every now and then - doing this will only help you to improve professionally, and as a person. The first tip I would share is to be mindful of that one thing, or someone, that will give you a push when the going gets tough. The second tip is to dedicate enough time to study. And thirdly, make sure you find the right balance between study, work, family and recreation. What are some of the highlights working at Nura Gili? A highlight is the positive work environment. I have made some good friends at Nura Gili and I enjoy going to work. This is where workplace dynamics play their part. At Nura Gili we have fun, we joke around, and we get our work done. It is like a big family. This is important to me because I am from a strong Bahamian family-oriented culture. Is there anything else you'd like to share â€“ I am Justice of the Peace, so if you require my services just send me an email: email@example.com Interview with Rebecca Harcourt
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 16
Nura Gili Indigenous Employment Did you know that Nura Gili employs a staff member who is involved in a number of activities to increase employment of Indigenous students? Jeremy Heathcote is the Indigenous Employment Coordinator based at Nura Gili who is available to assist Indigenous students in finding employment/cadetships during their studies, and professional positions on completion of their studies at UNSW. Jeremy is also able to provide advice and assistance with Indigenous Cadetship opportunities – this program is a government supported initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and negotiated work placements. To be eligible for an Indigenous cadetship you must be:
be able to provide confirmation of Aboriginality be enrolled for full-time study occurring on campus at a university located in Australia; be enrolled for his or her first undergraduate degree course; and be an Australian resident.
It is also important for students to understand that to be eligible to continue in an Indigenous cadetship that they must pass ALL of their subjects. Jeremy Heathcote BSocSc| Indigenous Employment Coordinator - Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit | Tel: 02 93852514 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers and Employment UNSW Australia also has a dedicated Careers and Employment team which offers a number of programs and industry events throughout the year. One of the major events run by the team is the UNSW Careers Expo. Over 100 employers attend the expo at the Hordern Pavilion and free buses are provided to and from the event. It’s important that students book in early to attend the expo. Simply click on the picture below or visit the careers portal via https://careersonline.unsw.edu.au
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 17
UNSW Careers O Week Events During O Week there are a number of events that are run to assist with employment
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 18
Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day UNSW holds the key to your answers… How do I get into UNSW? What if I don’t have the ATAR score needed to study the degree I want to study? What do I want to study? How will I financially support myself? Where am I going to live? What type of support will I receive? Is it fun being a UNSW student?
Come along to our Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day and open the door to the answers to your questions… Our Info Day is designed to provide you with an interactive UNSW experience that will leave you feeling inspired and wanting more… Program Meet and Greet with Professor Martin Nakata (B. Ed. Hons. PhD)|. Director of Nura Gili and Michael Peachey Nura Gili Student Services Manager Intro to UNSW Campus tour Faculty visits Accommodation tour Student Life @ UNSW Question and Answer session And more….
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 19
Target Audience and Area
Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander TAFE students studying the Tertiary Preparation Certificate Sydney Region
Date: Wed, 20th March 2014 Time: 9am – 3pm Transport will be provided from allocated pick up spots. This service is free. Morning Tea, lunch and nibbles will be provided.
Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN Please visit www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au or call Nura Gili on 02 9385 3805 for registration details.
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 20
Nura Gili on the Road “I want students to walk away from us believing that they have the ability to be anything they want to be as long as they have a dream and they never give up” Leearna Williams.
Photo- Winter School 2012
Each year Nura Gili attends Indigenous and non-Indigenous careers expos and conducts our ‘Light and Fire’ presentations at schools and TAFEs as part of our Recruitment and Outreach activities. We travel throughout Sydney and across Regional NSW. The careers expos provide us with the opportunity to share information about Nura Gili and UNSW with prospective students and members of the community. Nura Gili invites schools, TAFEs, individuals and organisations to visit our Kensington campus where we conduct our presentation with you, including a tour of the UNSW campus. Visit us at Balnaves place- Home of Nura Gili and we will provide you with a great opportunity to learn firsthand more about Nura Gili’s programs, entry pathways and all about the different programs you can study with us Let us know if would like us to have a stall at or your school, TAFE, organisation or expo and if you would like to visit us here on campus Leearna Williams Nura Gili Student Recruitment Officer For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email email@example.com
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 21
UTOPIA FREE Screening
Doors open at 5:30pm - Film commences 6:00pm sharp RSVP essential: Registration
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 22
Save the Date: Nura Gili 10 Year Anniversary
Seeking Contributors Would you like to submit an article to the Indigenous Law Bulletin? If you are an academic, student, practitioner, part of a community organisations or are simply concerned about issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the ILB wants to hear from you! We welcome contributions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors on a wide range of topics. For more information, please visit the Indigenous Law Centre website or contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Article lengths approx. 1500-2500 words. Rebecca Gallegos, Editor Indigenous Law Bulletin, Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia ILC Web: www.ilc.unsw.edu.au Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 23
Make UNSW your first choice The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, with 9 outstanding faculties that offer courses in a range of different study areas, UNSW is a great choice to undertake your degree. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement. In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. With 9 outstanding faculties, over 300 study areas, located in one of the best cities in the world, over 50,000 students from every country in the world and commitment to Indigenous education and research ‘make UNSW your first choice’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Arts and Social Sciences is a recognised leader in arts, social sciences and, humanities teaching and research. With leading academics and industry experts, we offer you professionally relevant degrees and internationally recognised research opportunities. Study Areas: Arts, Australian Studies, Criminology, Dance, English, Film, History, International Studies, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Languages and Linguistics, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Secondary Education, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Studies. arts.unsw.edu.au Australian School of Business Recognised as one of the top business schools in Australia, our business degrees have been designed for the very best students, and suit a variety of career aspirations and interests. We offer you a flexible and creative teaching environment that ensures learning is cutting edge, and will connect you with some of Australia’s leading business experts to support your professional ambitions. Study Areas: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing and Taxation, asb.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Built Environment Built Environment is where the brightest students from around the world converge to study design, planning, construction, management and impacts of man-made buildings and infrastructure. We focus on the design, management and delivery of the 21st-century city and all its landscape, interiors, urban fabric and industrial design. Study Areas: Architectural Computing, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning be.unsw.edu.au
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 24
College of Fine Arts (Paddington Campus) As Australia’s premier Art, Design and Media school, COFA will help you unleash your creative potential, develop your skills and carve a niche that will set you up for a successful life as a professional artist. Study Areas: Art, Art Education, Art History, Design, Media Arts, Fine Arts cofa.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is the largest in Australia, with the widest range of undergraduate degree choices, numerous scholarships and strong links to industry. We offer you 26 undergraduate degrees as well as several dual degrees. You will have the opportunity to take part in various student-led projects such as building solar cars; designing formula-style racing cars; and competing in the international Robocup soccer league. Our graduates are professionally accredited to work in Australia and around the world, and are offered jobs in the private sector, consulting, finance, government, academia and more. Study Areas: Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mining Engineering, Software Engineering, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Petroleum Engineering eng.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Law UNSW Law School offers the highest-rated law degree in Australia. Founded over 40 years ago, we constantly strive to lead and inspire change through public engagement and outstanding research. We will enable you to apply a rigorous, socially-responsible legal education to a diversity of careers. Study Areas: Law law.unsw.edu.au UNSW Medicine UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious medical schools and offer innovative and unique teaching with links to some of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, in both urban and rural NSW. We have an enviable track record in cutting-edge medical research and provide facilities that are world class. The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is a recent addition to the Faculty’s well-established six-year undergraduate Medicine curriculum leading to the awards of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS). Study Areas: Medicine, Exercise Physiology med.unsw.edu.au Faculty of Science The Faculty of Science offers specialist degrees such as Psychology, Optometry, and Medicinal Chemistry, as well as degrees that allow students to explore the breadth of science before selecting a major. If you have a curious mind, want to learn from world renowned researchers and need a degree that is relevant to current issues, look no further than Science at UNSW Study Areas: Anatomy, Aviation, Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Marine Science, Materials Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Medical Science, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Optometry and Vision Science Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, Physiology science.unsw.edu.au Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra) At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, UNSW offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, engineering, science, and technology as part of training for midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Study Areas: Arts, Business, Engineering, Science unsw.adfa.edu.au
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 25
Nura Gili- about us Nura Gili provides pathways to learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories. Nura Gili strives for excellence in educational services and works towards assuring participation and access to all the programs it offers. The staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to actively spread the message of the availability of tertiary studies. Staff and students also work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - throughout UNSW and the wider community. The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning â€˜place' and Gili meaning â€˜fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning â€˜place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra). The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili. The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years. Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.
Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 26