There is growing support for the Indigenous Residential College across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and community and non-Indigenous Australians.
See what supporters are saying about the Indigenous Residential College
Students who come to this college and have the benefit of getting a university degree, they’re going to be role models. Whether they know it or not, they’re leaders, they’re showing their siblings back home that going to university is the normal thing we do in our family.
Adam Goodes, co-founder of the GO Foundation
UTS’s demonstrated leadership and its ongoing public support of many Indigenous issues and projects, such as this college, shows that UTS is undoubtedly one of, if not the, most centrally committed universities in Australia to nurturing Indigenous culture and traditions, in order to promote the growth and prosperity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Marlee Silva, student
UTS is serious about Indigenous education, not to tick a box or flex a statistic or two but to enable change on our own terms, to close the gaping cultural gap, to celebrate the oldest living culture on Earth and to help craft the future of our identity. The Indigenous Residential College would be the first of its kind, unlike anything seen before in this nation. An amalgamation of culture, narrative and interdisciplinary collaboration — redefining the means in which Indigenous identity is perceived by the world and, most importantly, ourselves.
Jake Duczynski, Alumnus
The UTS Indigenous Residential College is groundbreaking. For the first time ever, students will have an academic, cultural and residential home at UTS. The potential impact of a project like this is endless. As a mum, a journalist and a politician I look forward to seeing many more First Nations people graduate from UTS with the support of the Indigenous Residential College.
Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Labor Senator for the Northern Territory
The College will help to provide an educational environment that celebrates Australia’s First peoples’ cultures and identities. I believe it will deliver transformative change in Indigenous participation and success in higher education
Craig Ritchie, CEO of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
The development of Australia’s first Indigenous Residential College is exciting and I commend UTS for its work on this project. Every effort must be made to make education more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Providing a culturally supportive learning space that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to succeed will open new pathways and opportunities for Indigenous students.
June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
It is innovative, appealing, needed and it will be of benefit for students and society generally. It will be a beacon for Indigenous excellence and reconciliation.
Tom Calma, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia and Chancellor of the University of Canberra
UTS’s commitment to building on existing achievements by establishing a residential college heralds the beginning of a powerful social shift, long fought and long overdue. I absolutely support the impact your vision will have on the young individuals who will directly benefit from the new college, but I can also see how the wider Australian society will become a more equitable place because of it.
Stephen Page, Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre
I believe the college is a strengths-based initiative and will be a highly valuable resource to Aboriginal students and our community as a whole.
Pat Turner, CEO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
Other supporters include:
- Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
- Cr Roy Ah-See, Chair NSWALC, Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council
- Mr Danny Allende, Director, Aboriginal Pathways and Eora College, TAFE NSW
- Professor Ian Anderson AO, Deputy Secretary (Indigenous Affairs) Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Mr Jason Ardler, CEO NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs
- Aurora Foundation
- Mr Ken Bedford, Board Member, Reconciliation Australia and Board Member, Torres Strait Regional Authority
- Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE, Chair National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium
- The Hon. Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services
- Career Trackers
- Senator, The Hon. Patrick Dodson, Senator for Western Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs
- Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement, University of Queensland and Member, UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Mr Jason Glanville, Executive Director, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity
- Go Foundation
- Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
- Ms Norma Ingram, Labor candidate for Newtown, 2019
- Mr Rod Little, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
- Professor Janet Mooney, Institute for Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University and Member, UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Mr Nathan Moran, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Professor Bob Morgan, Senior Indigenous Academic, University of Newcastle, Founding Director of Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTS and Member, UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Mr Aden Ridgeway, Former Democrats Senator
- Professor Mark Rose, Chair of Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory, Vice President of VAEAI (Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated) and Member, UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee
- Professor Chris Sarra, Director General Qld Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and former Co-Chair Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council
- Mr Russell Taylor AM, Former CEO, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Member, UTS Council, Chair UTS Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and 2018 NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year
- The Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health
UTS INDIGENOUS PROFESSORIATE
- Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, Director, Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- Professor Robynne Quiggan, Professor UTS Business School
- Professor Michelle Trudgett, Director, Centre for Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges
- Professor Susan Page, Professor, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges
- Professor Heidi Norman, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor, Social and Political Sciences Program
- A/Professor Christopher Lawrence, Director (Indigenous Engagement), Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology
- Professor John Evans, Professor, Sports and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health
- Professor Lindon Coombes, Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- Professor Nareen Young, Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- Professor Bruce Pascoe, Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- A/Professor Pauline Clauge, Associate Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- A/Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Associate Professor, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges
- A/Professor Sandra Phillips, Coordinator, Indigenous Higher Degree by Research, Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research
- A/Professor Wendy Holland, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences