CQUni’s Indigenous leaders ‘dare 2 b deadly’

Published:05 October 2018

Staff from across the CQUni footprint attended the first Indigenous Leaders Forum at the Rockhampton North campus from 3-4 October.

CQUni’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff from across the University’s footprint, have come together to develop effective leadership at the first “Dare 2 B Deadly” Indigenous Leadership Forum 3-4 October.

CQUni Student Life & Wellbeing Deputy Director Melinda Mann said it was good to finally host the forum after years of planning.

“The aim of the forum was to develop effective leadership to improve what we are already doing and find new ways of working together to build the capacity of staff and experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” she said.

“The participants valued the opportunity to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and build connections and networks.”

She said the participants, who travelled to the Rockhampton North campus for the event from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg and Brisbane, wanted to better understand their roles, improve culturally safe learning environments for students and be empowered to drive change that benefits the University.

“They wanted to be committed to being innovative and embrace change, work smart, while remaining true to themselves and fulfilling their responsibilities to the community,” she said.

“The next step is to continue to develop the network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. There are a lot of challenges to be faced, but we are committed, as a network of staff, to leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success at CQUniversity.”

The forum was funded by the Indigenous Student Success Program, through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.