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USQ Salon - Challenging dominant University paradigms through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing

17 JUN 2020
11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Ms Dianne Lucas, Dr Raelene Ward, Professor Simon Young, and Ms Tonia Chalk

In 2020, Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution. However, there is still a significant knowledge gap in Australia about First Nations histories.

Through the power of storytelling, we can continue to expand this knowledge and work together to learn the true history of our First Nations’ land, culture and community. As educators and researchers, we are in a position to make a significant impact in supporting all Australians to walk together, to develop capacity so that every individual can play their part, and collectively we can build relationships and communities that that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Join our panel of experts – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous - as they discuss their backgrounds, histories and culture and how they are applying their ways of knowing, being and doing to challenge the dominant University paradigms. Each will share their own personal experiences on how they are embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture into teaching and research and delivering graduate outcomes and employability that enable us to strive towards a more just, equitable and culturally respectful nation.

Bio for Raelene:

Dr Raelene Ward is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research at the University of Southern Queensland. Raelene has worked across ground-breaking research projects, including coordinating a national suicide prevention program among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She is a woman of determination and perseverance, qualities that were passed down from her grandmother and carried through her nursing career and, most recently, to the completion of her PhD. Much of Rae’s teaching is done through storytelling, with the aim of educating students on the true history of this land, and to produce culturally safe nurses.

Bio for Simon:
Professor Simon Young is a Professor of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland. While Simon is not of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent, he has embarked on a journey of discovery, collaborating with Indigenous colleagues, friends and communities to explore and address some of society’s most pressing questions. Working closely with USQ’s College for Indigenous Education and Research College, Simon helps to determine the best programs for the law school to ensure that it has
significant impact on the success of our First National students and the quality of lawyering in our region.

Bio for Tonia:

Tonia Chalk is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. Tonia began her teaching career by returning to the high school that first ignited her love for education, teaching there for 9 years before beginning her journey into academia. She is now teaching First Nations Education at university for the first time while juggling her PhD research and fulfilling a number of service roles within the community. Tonia embraces her identity as an Aboriginal academic and aims to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers to get out there to shift the dial.

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For more information: USQ Salon Series Website