An Elder in Residence is a unique position which recognises the special place of Elders within Indigenous Communities.

Elders in Residence Program

The two Elders in Residence at both Callaghan and Central Coast Campuses were appointed in 2010 and continue to play a vital role within Wollotuka and the Community. An Elder in Residence is a unique position which recognises the special place of Elders within Indigenous Communities. The positions occupied by Aunty Sandra Griffin and Aunty Bronwyn Chambers contribute to the cultural and spiritual wellbeing of Indigenous staff and students at the University; provide cultural support aimed at enhancing Indigenous student and staff retention and success; liaise with the community of Elders within the University's regions and advise senior staff on matters important to the Elders as they relate to educational access and participation; encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities to appreciate the importance of education for self empowerment, and participate and contribute to the development of curriculum in relation to cultural competency and the delivery and teaching of Academic programs.

During 2012 the two appointed BATSIET Elder members, Uncle Ronnie Gordon and Aunty Colleen Perry participated more widely within the University community. Both represented Wollotuka at international conferences and also provided input into Wollotuka's cultural standards and values.

Other Community Elders also participate in and provide valuable cultural input to academic programs and interview panels for staff and students.

Elders Think Tank – Wollotuka's Elders participated in two national think tanks during 2012 with the aim being to feed into an International Elders Alliance initiated by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. This will further strengthen Wollotuka's global presence.