ACU is now calling for nominations for the 2017 Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement.
The annual awards recognise the way staff and students across the University work with the community to build capacity, improve wellbeing and produce just and sustainable outcomes.
ACU sees community engagement as:
Advancing its Mission in serving the common good and enhancing the dignity and wellbeing of people and communities, especially those who are the most marginalised or disadvantaged;
Integral to its teaching, learning and research
Underpinned by trusting relationships and genuine partnerships with community organisations, institutions and corporations.
Nominations for the 2017 Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement are welcome in the following categories:
2017 Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement – recognising an ACU staff member or staff team. The recipient will be presented with the 2017 Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement including $5000 for an approved community engagement-related project.
2017 Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement – recognising an ACU student or student team. The recipient will be presented with the 2017 Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement and a cheque for $2500.
2017 Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement - recognising ACU’s work with an external partner(s). The staff recipient and the external partners will be presented with the 2017 Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement.
Last year’s award winners included Brisbane-based sport and job-readiness education program Kicking Goals Together, which welcomed members of the refugee migrant community to the Banyo Campus each week for organized sport followed by job skills development. The program was awarded the 2016 Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement.
Lecturer in Mathematics Education Dr Monica Wong was recognised last year in the staff category, for her work to introduce mathematics clubs at three Sydney primary schools located in communities identified as low-socioeconomic status, Aboriginal and culturally diverse.
ACU student Freeda Thong was the winner of the student category last year, in recognition of her work as Founder and Director of Ecopads Australia. The social enterprise makes hand-made, environmentally friendly and reusable menstrual cloth pads with a cause: for every pad sold, one is sent to a girl or woman in need in a developing country.
For more information about ACU’s community engagement awards visit the website.