ACU celebrates female graduates at International Women’s Day 2018
Every year the ACU community joins together to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March in recognition of the economic, political, and social achievements of extraordinary women.
In honour of this year’s global theme, Press for Progress, a series of successful events was held across five campuses, featuring interactive panel discussions with a selection of influential ACU alumni. Each speaker offered new perspectives and insights into their time at ACU, shared their personal and professional journey since their time with us on campus and their thoughts on how we can #pressforprogress
These passionate women, which included educators, entrepreneurs, child protection advocates, CEOs, healthcare professionals, and authors, inspired guests with their determination and intelligence. They encouraged women everywhere to boldly blaze their own path as they have, in order to promote change and gender equality. Our panel members included:
Donna Redman Founder and Director at Awaken Youth and author of Awakening Sebastian Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts, Master of Religious Education
In 2013 Donna was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship, which enabled her to put together an international study tour itinerary to research proactive strategies for the prevention of depression and suicide in young adults. Her research identified a need to train teachers to develop confidence in talking with students about suicide, and equipping them with the skill to recognise risk factors and identify warning signs of suicidal ideation. As a result, Awaken Youth was launched in 2015, and Donna’s programs and workshops have been delivered in schools and conferences throughout Australia. Donna is the author of the young adult fiction novel Awakening Sebastian, which communicates a strong preventative message regarding youth suicide.
Jacinta Bongiorno PC Health, and board member at Food Water Shelter Bachelor of Nursing
A passion for equality and human rights led Jacinta to a nursing career with a focus on health care access and services for asylum seekers and refugees. She also educates and trains other health care professionals, rallying allied health specialists to provide support and pro bono services to humanitarian arrivals who often have complex needs.
Jacinta is a board member with Food Water Shelter, a not-for-profit organisation that builds and runs an eco-friendly children’s village providing education, social and health facilities for children in Tanzania.
Alecia Rathbone Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for Young Australians and Non-Executive Director at YWCA Victoria Graduate Certificate in Management of Not-for-Profit Organisations
In her role at Foundation for Young Australians, Alecia works to ensure Australia’s young people are equipped with the enterprise and leadership skills they need to work, contribute and lead change. Prior to her current position Alecia was the Chief Operating Officer of Girl Guides Victoria, which is part of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the world. She is passionate about social justice and how we can all play an active role in shaping and contributing to the communities in which we live.