Friday, 12 April 2019

Indigenous Year 12 students from around the state will attend a leadership seminar at The University of Western Australia. The seminar, organised by UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies, aims to encourage Year 12s to further their education at tertiary level.

Dr Richard Walley will deliver a Traditional welcome and other speakers include UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Peter Dean, Indigenous graduate and Rio Tinto employee Rhiannon Couzens, Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt, and Dean of Indigenous Studies Professor Jill Milroy.

Students will visit the different faculties on campus and take part in tours and information sessions at the residential colleges. They will also visit Subiaco Oval to see the West Coast Eagles and hear from their Indigenous leaders including Brendon Ah Chee, a former Year 12 Leadership Seminar student.

The School of Indigenous Studies will provide details of entry requirements, scholarships and other relevant information to help students transition to university. Students will also participate in development workshops and attend a first-year lecture in Murdoch Lecture Theatre.

The 43 Year 12s come from the Perth metropolitan area as well as Mt Barker, Geraldton, Manjimup, Derby, Newman, One Arm Point, Kalgoorlie, Tom Price, Broome and Kununurra. Students will meet their peers in Year 12 and Indigenous students studying at UWA.

Since 1988, the School of Indigenous Studies has helped nearly 430 Indigenous students graduate in a wide variety of fields.  For some, it will be their first visit to UWA but many are already familiar with the campus, having visited as part of the SIS High School Outreach Program.

Students will stay at the Ngulla Mia boarding facility at Clontarf from Sunday 14 April until Thursday 18 April.

The Year 12 Leadership Seminar has been generously supported by Rio Tinto through its Global Talent Education Partnership. The Partnership supports students through initiatives aimed at aligning the University’s programs with Rio Tinto’s core values.

Media references

Brendon DeGois (UWA School of Indigenous Studies)                      (08) 6488 3847 / 0414 371 179
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager)                (08) 6488 3229 / 0432 637 716


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