Indigenous student success celebrated

December 16 / 189

In October Indigenous Academics, students and staff came together to celebrate and recognise Indigenous student success at the Murrup Barak Indigenous Student Awards night.

The picture painted by the awards was of a diverse and large-scale Indigenous student community engaging deeply and successfully as writers, artists, community members, leaders, sportspeople, academics and ambassadors for both Murrup Barak and the University of Melbourne.

An audience of more than 100 guests attended the Awards Night, drawn from Indigenous students, Murrup Barak staff, and senior academic staff including Professor Marcia Langton, Professor Kerry Arabena, and Associate Professor Mark McMillan. 

There are almost 300 Indigenous students studying across undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University of Melbourne, and this number is growing. In 2016, the University welcomed the largest commencing cohort of undergraduate Indigenous students to date. The trend looks to continue in 2017.

The Awards Night enables students to recognise the contributions and achievements of their peers, and creates a space for Murrup Barak to acknowledge and celebrate the journeys and identities of Indigenous students.

Students were nominated for the awards by the student body and selected by Murrup Barak for their achievements in community leadership, fine arts, literature, leadership, sport, ambassadorship and academia. 

Two postgraduate students presented awards and led the night, and a group of Indigenous students presented a series of performances. The selections for the Murrup Barak Indigenous Ambassador and Mentor program were also announced.

Murrup Barak Associate Director Charles O’Leary said, “Each year we at Murrup Barak stop, reflect and acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our Indigenous Students, achievement which has never been seen at this scale before.”

More about Indigenous Student Awards recipients is available here.

Story by Rula Paterson


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