Want to learn more about Global Justice? – Caritas Australia Workshop
ACU staff members passionate about global justice and wanting to learn more about Catholic perspectives and advocacy for community development will benefit from this Caritas Australia short course. Staff involved in student community engagement may also wish to recommend this course to their students.
Caritas Australia, in partnership with ACU Engagement, invites you to register for this unique opportunity to learn about community development advocacy and collaborate with a leading Catholic global development agency. This three-module course delivered over three evenings at St Patrick’s Campus in Melbourne will introduce staff to the Integral Human Development approach to addressing poverty and disadvantage.
When: 5pm to 9pm, 28 August, 4 September, 11 September (Tuesdays)
Where: St Patrick’s Campus (Melbourne)
Course fee: Full cost is $250. ACU Engagement will provide a 60% subsidy for staff and students who register by Friday 17 August (you only pay $100). Costs include course modules and catering.
Help facilitate The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at ACU
ACU will be offering The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from 2019, but to do this we need your help.
You are invited to attend our informal morning tea to help us develop the ACU - Duke of Ed community. If you have completed the Award, or would like to be involved, we invite you to attend. This event is also being promoted to students who have completed, or are undertaking, the Award.
Hosted by Prof Sandra Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, the live event will take place at the St Patrick's Campus (Melbourne) with Aquinas (Ballarat) and McAuley at Banyo (Brisbane) joining via video conference. For staff located on other campuses please let us know if you would like to attend via RSVP so we can organise video conference details.
Light refreshments will be provided.
When: Friday 10 August, 11.30am- 12.30pm
Melbourne: Room 30, Level 5, Building 420 (Mary Glowrey Building)
Ballarat: Room 10, Ground Floor, Building 109 (Sisters of Mercy Building)
Brisbane: Room 19, Level 1, Building 212 (John Paul II Building)
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Drop ins also welcome.
The 2018 Staff Community Engagement Activity Survey is coming soon
We invite you to tell us what really matters to you so that we can better understand, acknowledge and celebrate the diverse range of community engagement activities undertaken by our staff. We want to learn about the many ways our staff are creating impact through empathy so that we can continue to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with communities.
Ten $50 Coles/Myer gift cards will be randomly awarded to staff completing the survey.
All ACU staff are encouraged to participate. The survey opens Monday, 13 August and closes Friday 15 September.
Seminar - Stories of Change and Impact: the ACU and Marist Asia Foundation partnership with the Thai-Burma Refugee Education Program
Fr Frank Bird, Director, Marist Asia Foundation, Thailand.
ACU's Thai-Burma Program offers life-changing tertiary education to young refugees and migrants living in refugee camps and towns on the Thai-Burma Border. The Thai-Burma Program is at the heart of ACU’s Mission to support disadvantaged communities and advance the common good, not only in Australia but around the world. We do our best to stand up for people in need and for causes that matter, and we believe in education with a bigger purpose. This is what the Thai-Burma Program means to us.
Since 2009 the program has graduated 197 students from Myanmar (formerly Burma) with a Diploma in Liberal Studies.The Thai-Burma Program is currently delivered at two sites: Mae Sot in the northeast of Thailand, and in Ranong in southern Thailand. Graduates from the program have gone on to hold important position in community and non-government organisations, work in small and large businesses, pursue higher education at regional and international Universities, and also make important contributions back in Myanmar in community and government positions.
Fr Frank is a Marist Priest and is the Director of the Marist Asia Foundation, ACU’s partner in Thailand in the delivery of our Thai-Burma Refugee Education Program in Ranong. He has been working on the Southern Thailand Burma border for the past five years, supporting the Burmese Migrant Community in the fishing town of Ranong.
Fr Frank has been the Coordinator and Tutor of ACU’s Diploma in Liberal Studies Program in Ranong, and has been instrumental in developing what are often the only secondary and higher education opportunities for Burmese Migrants in the region.
The border region of Thailand and Myanmar continues to face numerous challenges with refugee camps, border crossing towns, and a significant Myanmar migrant population seeking better work and life opportunities outside of Myanmar because of the continued conflict and poverty.
Fr Frank will share stories from the front-line of the Thai border, highlighting the refugee and migrant context today, the educational challenges, and powerful stories of change and impact from the ACU and Marist Asia Foundation Partnership.
The seminar is supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts, ACU Engagement, and Campus Ministry.
Community engagement opportunities for staff
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.
For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com.