Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement

Published: Tuesday 20th September 2016

Photo of ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven

Nominations for the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement are open.

The awards are:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement - recognising ACU’s work with an external partner(s)
  • Staff Award for Outstanding Community Engagement - recognising an ACU staff member or staff team
  • Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement - recognising an ACU student or student team

Nominations close on 30 September 2016.

Community engagement is the process through which ACU brings the capabilities of its staff and students to work collaboratively with community groups and organisations to achieve mutually agreed goals that build capacity, improve well-being, and produce just and sustainable outcomes in the interests of people, communities and the University.

Recent staff award winners

Dr Diane Charleson - Walk in my Shoez

Dr Diane Charleson, Coordinator, Bachelor of Media Communications and Mr Al Noveloso, Media Technical Manager from the Schools of Arts, Victoria, have created Walk in my Shoez in collaboration with Channel 31, Melbourne, church and community groups bringing together ACU students, individuals and organisations to amplify the voices of community members affected by disadvantage and social isolation.

Ms Mary Campbell - Women for Women in Africa, Kibera, Kenya

Ms Campbell, Relations Manager, Institute for Advancing Community Engagement (IACE) has been involved with the people of Kenya since 1999, and especially with the Kibera community in Nairobi, in a collaborative educational relationship with Women for Women in Africa (WFWIA), of which she is co-founder. The Kibera community provides the history, knowledge and skills to ensure that its needs and priorities are being addressed, and that its aim of becoming self-sustaining is achieved.

Dr Tim Moore - Carers Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society

Dr Moore, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Child Protection Studies, has undertaken pioneering and ongoing work with young carers, as founder of the St Nicholas Young Carers Program with the St Vincent de Paul Society. His involvement in research into young adults as carers, their access to services, the impact of caring upon their education, and their care for a parent, often with a drug or alcohol problem is a compelling expression of the University's commitment to justice and equity. This research work encourages celebration of a young carers' contribution to their families and the community, but also recognition of their own vulnerability and isolation. Dr Moore has also worked for recognition of their right to equitable treatment in accessing and undertaking university education.

Ms Naomi-Cathryn (Naomi) Wolfe - Indigenous programs

Ms Wolfe, Lecturer, School of Arts (Victoria) has been effective in establishing Indigenous Higher Education programs that provide significant community engagements for the benefit of Indigenous and non‐Indigenous communities particularly in the local area. These programs include: The Black, White and Brindle Conversation Hour; Jim‐baa‐yer Reconciliation Prize; Strong Sistahs and Deadly Brothers and Koorie Study Night (KSN).

Mr Mark Mahony - Benjamin Andrew Street Library

Mr Mahony is the Library Support Manager for the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library. He is responsible for the library's more than sixty locations, including homeless shelters, refuges, prisons as well as being involved with homeless and disadvantaged people at the weekly Street Library in Sydney's Martin Place.

The Library fosters literacy and promotes the dignity of the human person by providing nourishment for the mind and soul. The Library specifically targets indigenous literacy through its partnership with the Aboriginal Medical Service and literacy‐based events for indigenous school children at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

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