From little things, big things grow

Today the University of Sydney launched One Sydney, Many People with the aim of creating a sense of belonging and demonstrating visible leadership and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and culture. Coinciding with the launch was the opening of the new dedicated student centre, The Gadigal Centre.

With the over-arching aim of reaching parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, One Sydney, Many People outlines the University’s strategic focus areas and initiatives, which will drive an approach to a stronger, more inclusive and culturally embodied University.

“As an institution we must inspire new generations of culturally engaged students and staff and equip them with the knowledge and capabilities required to navigate and lead in a rapidly changing world,” said Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

This holistic approach is the foundation of long-term, achievable and sustained change.

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

One Sydney, Many People continues the University’s commitment to a stronger and more accountable partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community, first established in the Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Strategy (2012-2016). This led to the development of the 2020 Unfinished Business Action Plan; a one-year plan to complete the key initiatives of Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu and to build the foundations for One Sydney, Many People Strategy 2021-2024.

Every faculty, school and professional service unit contributed to the development of the strategy which encompasses four focus areas: Nguragaingun – Culture and Community; Eora – People (Our Staff and Students); Ngara – Education and Research; and Pemulian – Environment (A Sense of Place).

Representing these four focus areas, and coinciding with the launch of One Sydney, Many People is the opening of The Gadigal Centre. The Gadigal Centre enables students to connect to culture and community.

The mission was to create a dedicated student space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, where Indigenous design principles are utilised to deliver academic and peer mentoring programs within culturally appropriate infrastructure.

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