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 Yala Gari workshops with students from Years 9-10 to creatively engage the students in cultural strengthening.
Lorna Munro is a proud, young Wiradjuri/ Gamilaroi woman. This dynamic and upcoming writer and poet calls the Redfern/Waterloo area home. She has been strongly influenced and nurtured by her activist parents, and mentored by many other members of the Black Power Movement, who she affectionately refers to as her Aunties and Uncles. She has been an active member of her community since the age of thirteen and has travelled to New Zealand and South America for cultural exchange and youth leadership programs before she was nineteen. Recently she has performed in plays at the Eora College in Redfern, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has quickly crossed over to screen featuring in ‘Australia on trial’, a docu-drama for the ABC. Lorna is an emerging artist and has displayed work in Boomali’s 2010 exhibition: “Celebrating 25 years of strength”. She is an experienced tour guide working in the Rocks area over the past two years, and is currently developing programs and tours interpreting the history of her local area. In 2012 Lorna graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management. In addition to her current work with the Red Room company, Lorna has had work published in the Southerly Literary Journal and is currently writing her own script that is yet entitled.
Lorna's poems, 'Dripping with Decadence (Big House, big white lies)', 'Spirit Remains', 'YILAALU –BU-GADI (once upon a time in the bay of Gadi)', and 'Rage' are featured on The Disappearing.