UoN staff paving the way in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competency

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.

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.

These workshops have attracted 390 participants since their inception in 2011. 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 University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.