UNSW Arts & Social Sciences promotes Indigenous Strategy in NAIDOC Week

3 Jul 2017


Arts & Social Sciences is celebrating NAIDOC Week with three events showcasing the work of our Indigenous colleagues, HDR and undergraduate students. Today Darryl Cronin, Senior Indigenous Fellow in UNSW’s School of Humanities & Languages and Faculty Diversity Champion for Indigenous Strategy discussed The Struggle for Rights: The Story of NAIDOC, focusing on the Day of Mourning as a formative event in the struggle for both citizenship and Indigenous cultural rights.

On Tuesday 4 July, Associate Professor Sue Green (School of Social Sciences) and Jessica Russ-Smith (Scientia Scholar and PhD Candidate) will discuss the importance of language in reclaiming identity and their journey of self-discovery and decolonising at the Language is Culture, Culture is Identity: Reclaiming our being seminar. Associate Professor Green is a Galari Wiradyuri woman whose PhD was on the Welfarisation of Aboriginal people. Jessica Russ-Smith is a Wiradyuri woman whose PhD research is on Decolonising Identity.

Finally, the UNSW Community Reference Panel managed by the Centre for Social Research in Health will come together on Wednesday 5 July to discuss community engagement of Aboriginal people in areas of social health and research. The Panel was formed to improve the quality and relevance of research by providing direct community input and involving people with lived experience.

The Panel is coordinated by Melinda Walker, a Gumbaynggirr woman currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at UNSW, and Kim Beadman, a Dhararwal Woman of the Eora Nation currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science & Criminology at UNSW.

To register to attend this suite of events, please visit the event page.

Speaker's notes (PDF) [3 Mb] from today's The Struggle for Rights: The Story of NAIDOC.