UTS recognised for social innovation & community engagement
UTS recognised for social innovation & community engagement at award ceremony for African-Australian Professionals.
The award, which recognises contribution and leadership in the area of social innovation and community engagement, was presented at a special 10th anniversary gala event, and accepted by the Centre for Business and Social Innovation’s Dr Gillian McAllister.
Dr McAllister, Senior Research Analysist at UTS Business School said she was honoured to have accepted the award on behalf of the university.
“The evening really showcased the diversity and depth of the African professional community in Australia,” she said.
The non-for profit APA is the largest African organisation in Australia that offers professional development, leadership training and mentoring to African Australians, says APA Vice President Ibrahim Hussein.
“Our membership represents 35 African countries and covers 30 different professions including Accountancy, Medicine, Nursing, Human Resource, IT, Engineering, Geology, Law, Education, Welfare, and Community work,” Mr Hussein said.
Following the gala event, Mr Hussein said that the Social Innovation and Community Engagement Award recognised CBSI’s ongoing support to the organisation in recent years.
“CBSI has hosted a number of APA events, and facilitated discussions on subjects varying from Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship, Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership,” he said.
“Our members were able to benefit significantly from these events, and are therefore extremely grateful for the support.”
Associate Professor Danielle Logue, from UTS Business School, said that these community connections play a vital role for the university.
Associate Professor Logue has led the collaboration with the APA in key joint events over the past year, specifically the “Evening of Professional Esteem” event series.
Featuring speaker panels and networking opportunities with different industry partners and professional leaders, the two events focused on inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and stewardship and professional esteem.
“Being able to host these conversations with APA and some of Australia’s largest corporations contributes to necessary public debate and discussion on the role of business in society today,” Associate Professor Logue said.
"The University has a critical role to play in convening conversations on the future of work, social impact and social justice.”
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