Erin, Jake and Mel have been busy raising the aspirations of school students from backgrounds typically under represented in higher education.
International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day, 20 year 10 students from two Equity Pathways partner schools attended the breakfast and then stayed on for a morning of Aspirations activities. After being inspired by the panel of ACU Alumni at the breakfast, the students met current ACU students who shared their personal learning stories on the theme of #BeBoldForChange. By sharing stories about starting a Midwifery Society, creating a social enterprise that benefits women in the developing world, juggling motherhood and studies, overcoming serious illness, the ACU students demonstrated to the year 10 students how higher education can help them to achieve their life goals. The year 10 students then participated in activities related to Public Health, Midwifery and Speech Pathology. Thanks to MER and Alumni Relations for a fabulous IWD Breakfast and to our current ACU students for sharing their inspirational stories.
STEM Meet the Professor Day
30 primary school children visited ACU to engage in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) ‘Meet the Professor’ Day on Monday 20 March. Students participated in workshops in Biomedicine, Coding, Biomechanics and Forensics. Thanks to staff and students from the School of Science who helped make this day possible.
Indigenous Creative Writing Workshop
45 primary school students from six Equity Pathways partner schools will be on campus on Thursday 23 March to be inspired by Indigenous children’s book author, teacher, artist and musician Gregg Dreise. The students will participate in a one day Creative Writing Workshop.
Equity Pathways is funded by the Australian Government to engage with groups who have traditionally been under represented in higher education, such as people from low socio-economic backgrounds, Indigenous, from rural/regional/remote communities and/or first in family. We offer educational programs to demystify university and increase aspirations to consider higher education as a future pathway. If you’d like to know about Equity Pathways Programs please contact the QLD Equity Pathways Team: Erin Dougherty (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jake Hardiman (email@example.com) and Melanie Seal Moradi (firstname.lastname@example.org).