Indigenous Year 12s get leading edge at UWA

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Thirty-three Indigenous Year 12 students from around metropolitan Perth and WA - from as far north as Kununurra and as far south as Esperance - will come to The University of Western Australia next week for a leadership seminar.

For some of the students it will be their first visit to UWA but many are already familiar with the campus, having visited for residential camps since they were in Year 9.

The seminar, organised by UWA's School of Indigenous Studies (SIS), aims to encourage the Year 12s to aspire to a tertiary education and will enable them to meet Indigenous students already at UWA.

The Year 12s will also visit the University's faculties of Arts; Architecture, Landscape and Visual Design; Sports Science; Business; and Engineering depending on their interests and will be taken on a tour of University Hall, the home of many Indigenous students while they are studying at UWA.

They will meet the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson; the first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for Hasluck; and respected Aboriginal leaders from SIS at a special morning tea at the Vice-Chancellery at 9am on Tuesday 15 April.

The students come from the metropolitan area as well as Broome, Bunbury, Esperance, Kellerberrin, Kununurra, Northam, Port Hedland and Tom Price.

They are staying at the Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre from Monday 14 April until Thursday 17 April. 

Since 1988 the School of Indigenous Studies has enabled more than 250 Indigenous students to graduate in fields such as medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, health science, sports science, business and the arts.

Media references

Brendon DeGois (UWA School of Indigenous Studies, Student Services Officer)  (+61 8) 6488 3847 / (+61 4) 14 371 179
David Stacey (UWA Public Affairs)  (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716

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