ACU Engagement was officially launched on Monday 19 February by the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Greg Craven.
It was a fantastic night and we were delighted to have so many of our ACU colleagues and community partners attend the event.
The Chancellor spoke of the great need in communities domestically and internationally, and reminded us that we have a responsibility to participate in addressing these challenges. The Vice Chancellor spoke of ACU’s long history of community engagement and the University’s commitment to ensure that all ACU students and staff have the opportunity to participate in community engagement.
As part of the event and in keeping with the University’s commitment to community engagement we included a giving opportunity. Over 300 children’s books were collected which will be donated to our community partners. Special thanks go to Professor Margot Hillel, Chair of Academic Board, who donated over 100 books to our Melbourne campus.
We look forward to supporting staff and students on all campuses in connecting with your community in a meaningful and valuable way. To find out more you can visit our website at acu.edu.au/acuengagement or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACU Engagement website goes live
This week also saw the launch of our website. For more information about us, community engagement or research engagement visit acu.edu.au/acuengagement
Meet Vivien Cinque
Hello! My name is Vivien and I am the Community Engagement Officer in NSW. I’m very pleased to be working in the ACU Engagement Team, as I am passionate about creating pathways for the ACU Community to have an impact in lives of others. I am enjoying connecting with staff and students from all areas of the University and collaborating with community partners to create opportunities for staff, students and alumni to contribute to communities in new and meaningful ways.
I have been at ACU since 2014. I worked in the National School of Arts before I moved to the ACU Engagement Team at the end of January. I’m excited to be using the skills and experience I gained in the National School of Arts to establish Community Engagement opportunities that are mutually beneficial and which represent the ACU Mission in the wider community. Through Community Engagement opportunities, whether they involve direct interaction with individuals in the community, project-/research-based work in a community organisation, or advocacy about a social issue, the ACU Community can help empower individuals and communities, increase their mobility and provide support to those who need it.
Whether you are based at the North Sydney or Strathfield Campus, I would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for staff or student community engagement opportunities or if there are community organisations that you think ACU could partner with in the future. Please feel free to pop in and say hi, or to call or email me with any ideas you might have!
OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Are you a staff member in NSW who is looking for an opportunity to get involved in Community Engagement? We currently have volunteer opportunities at the following organisations/programs:
Foodbank NSW is reliant on volunteers to help fight hunger, so your time volunteering will make a huge difference. Staff will be packing and sorting food to help feed those in need across NSW and the ACT. Contact us for dates and more information.
Volunteers will need to make their own way to the Foodbank NSW and ACT Distribution Centre (50 Owen Street Glendenning).
The Strathfield Conversation Club Program is a weekly program aimed at reducing social isolation and building confidence in conversational English for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area who are from non-English speaking backgrounds. Come along on Thursday 22 March from 10am to 12pm to share stories and engage in conversations with participants of the program. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to whole group and small group activities.
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Strathfield Main Library (65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush).
Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area looking to improve their English language skills. The program provides a friendly environment where participants are given the opportunity to build their social networks and improve their understanding of Australia and other cultures, while broadening their English language skills. Come along on Friday 23 March from 9:30am to 11:30am to help participants with English-language related group activities.
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Homebush Public School (Rochester Street, Homebush) and will require a valid Working With Children Clearance number prior to participating in the program.
For more information on, or to register your interest for, any of the above initiatives, please email: email@example.com.