The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Garrurru Education and Employment Strategy is the centrepiece of the College’s efforts towards practical reconciliation. The Garrurru Strategy utilises the College’s unique role as both educator and employer to increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in the College’s student and staff cohorts.
The Garrurru Education and Employment Strategy has two key objectives:
Education: attract and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to study at the College at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
Employment: increase and foster the participation of Indigenous academic and professional staff in the College’s workplace at all levels.
Underpinning these objectives is our continued commitment to promoting the understanding of and competency in Indigenous culture and history among the College’s staff and students.
In support of the Garrurru Strategy’s education objective, the College is delighted to offer the Garrurru Indigenous Undergraduate Accommodation Scholarship and the Garrurru Postgraduate Indigenous Scholarship to prospective and current students of the College.
To achieve the Garrurru Strategy’s employment objective, the College offers a broad range of professional and academic employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at various stages of their careers. These include:
Garrurru ('Sail') 2011
The strategy has been named after the artwork ‘Garrurru’ (Sail), which was donated to the College by the renowned Yolngu artist, the late Gulumbu Yunupingu. Proudly on display in the College’s Hedley Bull Building, this artwork symbolises the exchange between Asian and Indigenous Australian cultures. The Garrurru Strategy aims to sustain the continuation of the exchange by supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to study and work at the pre-eminent ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
The College’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee embodies the College’s commitment to an Australia that provides equal chances for all, while recognising and respecting the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia’s First Peoples.
The College recognises, celebrates and advances educational and professional opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The key cornerstones of our Reconciliation Action Plan in the college are embodied in the Garrurru Education and Employment Strategy. These include educational scholarships and employment strategies to advance the representation of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders among our student and staff population.
Furthermore, we seek to develop a real awareness, understanding, appreciation and respect for the culture and history of Indigenous Australia across the College through cultural awareness training, our events, and incorporating Indigenous protocols and symbols into College workspaces.
In 2015-17 the CAP RAP Committee will coordinate and focus its activities across four key portfolios: