Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student engagement
Empowerment through education
At Macquarie University, we recognise that education is a powerful vehicle for change not only for students but also for their families and communities.
Walanga Muru believes that the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is achieved through a holistic approach that recognises cultural differences, and values diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of those students accessing higher education. An all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement staff with strong educational and personal qualifications ensure a culturally affirming, positive academic environment that encourages and inspires students to continually grow academically, personally and culturally. Staff within this team engage across the university to ensure students gain access to mainstream student services as well as providing advice on specific services offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through Walanga Muru.
Staff are assigned to engage with students (diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate) in specific discipline areas; additionally, there is a staff member specifically assigned to first year students in all discipline areas as we believe this is the most crucial period in a student’s academic life.