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Indigenous Higher Education Conference

'Sharing best practice across the sector is vital to deliver the best outcomes for [Indigenous Australians]. This requires identification and verification of best practice activity not just by universities, but also local communities and student groups.' (Indigenous Strategy 2017–2020, Universities Australia)

IHEC 2021

Trinity College is pleased to announce the third biennial Indigenous Higher Education Conference (IHEC) will take place on 17-18 November 2021. IHEC was established in collaboration with the University of Melbourne as a forum for educators, researchers, policymakers, students and the community to share information and knowledge about how best to support and improve educational outcomes for Indigenous higher education students.

This year’s conference will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to change the higher education environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The Conference Chair is Inala Cooper, Director Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne.

The Conference Ambassador is Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO, Trinity College Fellow and Associate Provost & Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.

The Keynote speakers include:

- Professor Papaarangi Reid, Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

- Ms Denise Bowden, Chief Executive Officer of the Yothu Yindi Foundation (YYF)

- Mr Jerome Cubillo, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network

- Ms Shawana Andrews, Associate Director, Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Melbourne

Other speakers will include academics, educators and policymakers from around Australia and overseas.

Where: Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052

Date: 17-18 November 2021

 

Call for papers

Call for papers

Submit an abstract to Trinity College’s 2021 Indigenous Higher Education Conference. The conference theme will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to change the higher education environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Deadline for submission: Friday 3 September 2021

Submit to: IHEC@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

We welcome abstract submissions that address this year’s theme.

Topics exploring the theme may include:

- Strategies for reconnecting with communities and schools to provide pathways into higher education.

- Pedagogical approaches for embedding Indigenous knowledge in higher education curriculum including effective delivery through online platforms.

- Utilising Indigenous knowledge and leadership to improve student transition and retention outcomes.

- Effective methods of delivering student services to support students both on campus and through remote learning.

- Post-Covid strategies for enabling indigenous undergraduate students to transition to the workplace, post-graduate study or professional degree programs.

- Creating culturally responsive methods of Mental health support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

- Situating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge within the global Indigenous knowledge landscape.

- Strategies for improving access to resources related to Indigenous knowledge systems.

- Using Indigenous knowledge research to inform policy and best practice.

Abstracts are for a 15-minute oral presentation or a 1-hour workshop.

Abstracts will be selected for presentation at the conference based on their content being consistent with the theme of the conference, the quality of the research, or other content, described in the abstract.

Emphasis will be given to abstracts that provide objective evidence of outcomes of programs, describe evidence-based programs, or address best practice.

The selection of presentations which have an Indigenous presenter or co-author will also be prioritised.

Abstract: 250 words. Abstracts should include the title of proposal, and author’s name, institutional or community affiliation. Please save as MS Word doc.

Include: Short biographical note of no more than 150 words.

Deadline: Friday 3 September

Click here to download Call for Papers PDF.

Conference advisor

Conference Chair – Inala Cooper 

Shaun-Ewen-Photo.jpgInala is a Yawuru woman from Broome in The Kimberley, WA. She grew up in South West Victoria on Gunditjmara land and has lived on the land of the Kulin Nations in Melbourne for over 20 years. Inala is currently the Director of Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at University of Melbourne. She has a Masters in Human Rights Law and has long been an advocate for Indigenous rights & social justice. Inala is a regular contributor on ABC News Breakfast and The Drum, and is also a Director on a range of not-for-profit boards including Culture Is Life, Jesuit Social Services, Munarra Ltd. and the Barpirdhila Foundation.


Committee

Conference Ambassador – Professor Marcia Langton
Associate Provost & Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne

Professor Shaun Ewen
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)
Foundation Director of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne

Professor Ken Hinchcliff
Warden & CEO
Trinity College
University of Melbourne

Melitta Hogarth
Assistant Dean (Indigenous)
Senior Research Fellow
Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne

Professor Elizabeth McKinley, ONZM  
Indigenous Education
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne

Dr Nikki Moodie
Senior Lecturer
Indigenous Studies
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Sana Nakata
Associate Professor in Political Science
Co-Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration
School of Social and Political Science
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne

Conference ambassador

Conference Ambassador – Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO

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Professor Marcia Langton states that “Education is the key to creating the Aboriginal leaders, teachers, professional and self-sufficient individuals of the future. It is capable of expanding opportunities for full social, political and economic participation” (Langton, “Accelerated Education”, Australian Prospects, 2004, p.1).

Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO, BA (Hons), ANU, PhD Macq. U, D. Litt. ANU, FASSA has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. As an anthropologist and geographer, Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies at three universities. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, and in 2017 she was appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.

Registration

IHEC2021 - Registrations are now open

Two-day and one-day tickets (with concession for students) are available.

Conference registration will include attendance at all sessions on the days booked as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and refreshments.

Full Price:
1-day: $100
2-days: $200

Student Price
1-day: $70
2-days: $140

Enquiries

If you have any questions or require further information please contact us.

Michele Gunn

Email IHEC@trinity.unimelb.edu.au  
Mobile +61 (0)3 9348 7106
Address Trinity College
University of Melbourne
Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria 3052
Australia

Click here to view the conference brochures from 2016 and 2018.

For further information, please contact Michele Gunn at mgunn@trinity.unimelb.edu.au