Western Sydney University
Yala Gari, 2017
Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and 19th in Australia in 2015.
Pathways To Dreaming is designed to engage Year 8 to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in education.
They take part in academic and Aboriginal cultural enrichment workshops at the University and the cohort at each school devises and implements a group project, with mentors facilitating that process. At the end of each year there is a celebratory event where the group projects are showcased.
The program is currently running in 26 South-Western and Western Sydney high schools in the Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Fairfield, Blacktown and Blue Mountains areas.
Poet Lorna Munro will be running 3 x 65 minute Yala Gari workshops with students from Years 9-10 to creatively engage the students in cultural strengthening.
Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary. She was also the sole designer and creator of Sydney’s—and possibly Australia’s—first initiative to teach Aboriginal language through poetry, in partnership with Red Room Poetry in 2015. Throughout her career she has been on stage, in films and on paper. She compiled and edited Paper Dreaming: Our Stories Our Way for Cambridge University Press (2015). Lorna continues to work tirelessly mastering many art forms, raising funds, and supporting and advocating for her community and her people on the local, national and international stage. In 2019, Lorna was announced as a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship.