Renee bound for OECD, keen to be a lightning rod for future students

Published:09 April 2019

Renee Cremer; and Cremer seated in a conference room with associates

Global Voices scholar Renee Cremer pictured during her pre-departure briefings in Canberra.

It's a long way from the tiny western Queensland town of Miles to Paris but CQUniversity Education student Renee Cremer has been inspired to make the journey on behalf of her future students.

Renee will be one of six Global Voices scholars representing Australia at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris during May.

At the Forum, Scholars will have the opportunity to share their voices through informal presentations, solution-orientated workshops, and roundtable discussions.

The forum themes for the OECD 2019, World in EMOTION event include 'A New Societal Contract', 'Integrity and Trust', 'Digitalisation and the Future of Work', and 'International co-operation'.

The theme of Renee's paper for presentation is based on the effective integration of female migrants in regional/rural communities.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get experience working on policy and being part of a forum that will be so heavily involved with economic and social development," she says.

"My end goal is to make sure my future students are well prepared for the workforce and have the chance to have a good life.

"I hope to become a leader in developing educational and social opportunity, and intend to work in rural or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities upon finishing my degree.

"It's super inspiring to go to Paris and learn everything I can and bring it back.

"I have a passion for international relations and human development which is what inspired me to pursue the delegation and apply the themes of the forum to my policy to positively impact my community."

Renee is proud of her Aboriginal heritage from the Yuin people of South Coast NSW and is a Murri by birth, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast.

The keen student got involved in many youth initiatives including ARTIE (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education), the Learn Earn Legends Program, and the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Parliament.

She also volunteered to visit high schools in SEQ, motivating students to build resilience to complete secondary education and become job-ready.

After leaving school, Renee worked at Skypoint Café at the Q1 Building on the Gold Coast and also became an acting team leader and sales advisor for Youi Insurance on the Sunshine Coast.

She now juggles her role as a mother with CQUni online study, in between opportunities for classroom practicums at various schools, while still finding time for an active role in sports and netball administration.

Renee plans to specialise as a history and geography teacher in high schools after graduation.

Another CQUni student, Melissa Speed, will also travel in May with Global Voices. Ms Speed has been selected among four scholars attending the 72nd session of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

As part of the Global Voices Scholarship Program, scholars are attending Pre-Departure Briefings in Canberra.

They will also develop a policy paper with key recommendations for domestic policy implementation, on a subject related to the agenda of their delegation, with the assistance of leading senior policymakers.

* Global Voices is offered to CQUniversity students as part of the CQUGlobal Outbound Program. Global Voices is a not-for-profit organisation that identifies and develops the next generation of Australian leaders by providing practical experience in foreign policy and international relations. Thanks to university partners including CQUniversity, Global Voices places are provided at minimal cost to the delegates. Details via .