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This year, the annual Frank Archibald memorial lecture will be focused on ‘Cementing Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education‘ and will be presented by Professor Michelle Trudgett, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation Western Sydney University.

Date: Mon 26th Oct 2020 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Zoom Seminar
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Amongst Professor Trudgett’s many achievements in 2019 she was awarded the University of New England Distinguished Alumni Award. Her lecture ‘Cementing Indigenous leadership in Higher Education’ will discuss how the higher education sector has existed in Australia for 170 years, yet Indigenous Australians have participated for only half a century.

This lecture will commence by providing an insight into the history of Indigenous participation in the sector, highlighting some of the contributions Indigenous people have made in the last fifty years. A steady growth in student enrolment and completions is evident across the nation. There is also an increasing number of Indigenous people employed across the sector. Such progress is a legacy of those who have gone before us providing excellent formal and informal leadership to the sector – the pioneers of Indigenous education. It is this concept of Indigenous leadership that can bring significant benefit to all staff and students.

This lecture proposes that Indigenous Knowledges and culture, through embedded Indigenous leadership, needs to be a core component of university business to ensure the best possible outcomes for both the university and broader communities.