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Reaching for the stars! USQ hits star weaving target

Team effort! Michelle Patterson (USQ Human Resources - Springfield), Renee Stafleu (USQ Human Resources), Peter Munster (Phoenix Central), student Gina Deithe, and Rachel Hennessy (Phoenix Central)
The Gold Coast will be filled with stars for the 2018 Commonwealth Games – and that’s not just the elite athletes.

One Million Stars to End Violence is an international project to shine a light on all forms of violence, and an installation of the stars (woven from ribbons) will be held at the Games’ Festival 2018.

More than 11 thousand of those million stars will have been made by USQ students, staff, families and the wider community.

USQ Director (Student Engagement and Leadership) Peter Munster heads USQ Phoenix Central, which led the USQ Stars Campaign. He said the University welcomed the opportunity to participate in the project which began in 2016.

“It encourages people to come together and weave one million stars which then will become an installation that symbolises light, courage and solidarity,” he said.

“The USQ Stars Campaign has been a great initiative to promote the importance of creating a culture that values respect and integrity to students, staff and the community.”

USQ had until July 2017 to weave 10 thousand stars – a goal surpassed by a team of stellar star-weaving volunteers.

“Star weaving workshops for students were held across all campuses, and external students were provided with star weaving packs including ribbon and weaving instructions,” Mr Munster said.

“The University’s Residential Colleges participated in the campaign, with the students having a friendly competition to make the most stars.

“Community-based star weaving workshops and demonstrations were held at the University’s campuses, as well as at local markets and shopping centres.”

The project complemented USQ’s Respect Now Always Campaign and White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program, in addition to promoting values of respect and integrity within the University and its communities.

More information on the project can be viewed at onemillionstars.net.