New steps towards reconciliation at Murdoch

June 3, 2015

Murdoch University has developed its Reconciliation Action PlanMurdoch University formalised its commitment to social justice with the launch of Murdoch’s Reconciliation Action Plan at an event celebrating 40 years of Indigenous alumni.

Professor Rhonda Marriott, who chaired the working group that authored the plan, said the document is an important step for the University.

"The RAP marks an exciting step in Murdoch’s commitment to social justice, and demonstrates the University’s maturity in this arena," Rhonda said.

"This plan formalises a lot of initiatives that were already in place at Murdoch, and will help us to grow through connecting with other organisations.

"We hope this RAP also helps every student, including those who are not Indigenous, to realise their role in working towards reconciliation in Australian society."

Braden Hill, Manager of Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre said that around 250 Indigenous students have graduated from Murdoch University.

"Many have gone onto great careers in their chosen profession," said Braden Hill, Manager of Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre.

"These graduates are now university professors, lawyers, vets, teachers, art curators and much more.

"The event was a great night to reflect on our history and look to our future as a Centre and a University."

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart spoke at the event about the importance of reconciliation to the University.

"Reconciliation is about challenges, but it is also about recognising the strengths that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bring to Australian society and to Murdoch University," he said.

Murdoch University's Reconciliation Action Plan can be viewed here.


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