The University of Newcastle has a "Grow Our Own" philosophy for developing Aboriginal and Torres Islander staff from our student cohort. This is showcased in the School of Business by Ms Sharlene Leroy-Dyer who is currently undertaking fieldwork for her PhD research, "What Policies and Strategies have Private Sector Organisations Adopted to Redress Labour Market Disadvantage for Indigenous Australians? (What Works and What Doesn't). She is also working as a lecturer and tutor in the Newcastle Business School and in other business-based roles including: Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber as the Finance Manager/Business Mentor, assisting Aboriginal people in business and as a mentor in The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People program.
With experience as an under-graduate and post-graduate student and teaching Business students, Sharlene has made a valuable contribution in analysing the strengths and opportunities within the existing business curriculum. Three key concepts were identified as crucial to School of Business graduates foundations in Indigenous cultural competency. These are:
- Reconciliation Action Plans
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategies
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Three audio-visual vignettes of Ms Leroy-Dyer on these topics are now available from the Audio Visual Gallery to staff for inclusion in lectures or on course blackboard sites. She has also provided a selected reference list for Indigenous issues in Business and an annotated bibliography of the five best resources for gaining insight into issues associated with Indigenous Business.