“As well as integrating community engagement into ACU’s teaching programs across all disciplines, we provide opportunities for students and staff to volunteer their time to support our partner organisations, and mechanisms for matching the skills and availability of ACU volunteers with the needs of organisations and communities. One such opportunity is for our students to be part of the Aquinas Young Vinnies Kids Campus and Kids Days out projects, which are supported by ACU students and staff…”
The latest edition of Business Excellence magazine ran an article from Professor Sandra Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Engagement, and Professor Bridget Aitchison, Campus Dean – Ballarat, about ACU’s commitment to community engagement.
The ACU Community Impact Network (ACU CIN) meets quarterly to discuss community engagement initiatives and how the initiative could be coordinated nationally to enable all ACU staff the opportunity to contribute or get involved. The ACU CIN are looking for an ACU staff member with a passion for grassroots community engagement initiatives located on the Ballarat Campus and North Sydney campuses to join the team.
To express your interest in joining the network, get in touch with Nicole Murphy Nicole.Murphy@acu.edu.au, Research Engagement/Grants Officer, ACU Engagement.
Do you have a story to tell?
ACU Engagement doesn’t own community engagement. Our role is to support, facilitate and celebrate the community engagement activities of all ACU students and staff. If you have a story to tell about a community engagement activity that you, your staff, or your students have participated in, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you share your stories with the ACU community.
Meet Chloe Gordon
My name is Chloe Gordon and I am a research associate with ACU Engagement.
I love the variety that I have in my role, and the opportunity to work across disciplines to capture the impact of programs and people seeking to make a real difference in communities. In my role, I have conducted interviews with, and published a paper on, the impact of chaplains working in the juvenile justice setting. Working as part of the ACU Engagement team, I have also facilitated the collection of data to measure the impact of chaplaincy across hospital and aged care settings. I’ve enjoyed getting out onto the field and visiting our Atherton Gardens Homework Support Program. This year, I am particularly excited about being part of the supervision team for an Honours student, examining the impact of a novel anxiety prevention program for primary school students.
Prior to this role I trained and worked as a primary school teacher before completing a PhD in Education/Public Health. I also worked at the Centre for Health and Social Research at ACU. I currently hold a concurrent appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychology department at another institution. In that role I manage a cluster randomized controlled trial of a wellbeing program for early adolescents.
My research interests are broadly focused on improving the health, education and social outcomes of vulnerable populations. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent health and wellbeing.
I feel blessed and privileged at ACU, to be able to work with a team of genuinely passionate and kind-hearted people, seeking to make a positive impact on society.
Opportunities to make a difference
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. We encourage you to find a current opportunity from the list below and make a difference in your community!
Donation Opportunity - Ballarat Campus (VIC) - A reminder to bring your good quality clothing items (and particularly new socks) to the pop-up shop for the homeless. You can find the collection point at the Concierge desk.
Volunteer Opportunity - Foodbank (NSW) - Foodbank NSW is reliant on volunteers to help fight hunger, so your time volunteering will make a huge difference.
Volunteer Opportunity - Conversation Club (NSW) - The Strathfield Conversation Club Program is a weekly program aimed at reducing social isolation and building confidence in conversational English for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Volunteer Opportunity - Chatterbox Café (NSW) - Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for adults looking to improve their English language skills.
For more information, to register your interest for any of these opportunities, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com