The National Centre for Cultural Competence acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet; the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus) is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.
Welcome from the Acting Deputy Vice-ChancelLor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), Professor Juanita
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Sydney’s National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) conference, Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice.
The Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley, 2008) and the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Behrendt, 2012) identified the need for tertiary institutions to incorporate Indigenous Knowledges into curriculum to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians and to increase the cultural competency of all students. The overarching theme of this conference, therefore, is cultural competence and its intersection with the higher education sector from multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and Indigenous Knowledges perspectives.
Through keynotes, paper presentations, yarning circles and posters the conference aims to facilitate networking, share information and create a national dialogue. The conference provides an opportunity to explore different and innovative approaches and strategies that incorporate Indigenous knowledges and practices into the development and implementation of cultural competency in the higher education sector.
I hope that you will find the conference interesting and thought provoking and that it will provide you with a valuable opportunity to share ideas, research, and perspectives with others experienced in the areas of diversity, social justice, equity and inclusion.
The NCCC builds knowledge and capacity in cultural competence through engagement and partnerships with universities, communities, industry groups and government
Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice will bring together specialists and and individuals interested in cultural competence, diversity and inclusion and Indigenous Knowledges to discuss ideas relating to the future of higher education and the role of Universities in preparing students, faculties and staff for the challenges of building a more culturally competent world. As we move closer to the date of the conference, details on Keynote speakers will be announced.
call for abstracts
please submit your abstract by 15 January 2018:
The overarching theme of Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice is cultural competence and its intersection with the higher education section from multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and Indigenous Knowledges perspectives.
From these contexts, several sub-themes emerge:
· Indigenous Knowledges
· Culturally responsive pedagogy
· Cultural competent graduate qualities in higher education
· Culturally competent service learning
· Culturally competent leadership
· The convergence of diversity, social justice, equity and inclusion with the higher education sector
The conference seeks to bring together researchers, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, professionals, students and citizens who have an interest and/or experience in cultural competence policies and practice.
Please submit your abstract by 15 January 2018:
John Hopkins Dr, NSW 2006
(02) 8627 1616
Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice will be held in the main auditorium of the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney on 4 and 5 April, 2018. Charles Perkins was one of Australia's most prominent Aboriginal activists. Born in 1936 to an Arrernte woman and a Kalkadoon man in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Perkins was the first Aboriginal man to graduate from the University of Sydney and did so in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. The Charles Perkins Centre is an Australian medical research institute, clinic and education hub that primarily focuses on diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, as well as other related conditions.
registration Opens 1 December 2017
Full Price: $500
Early Bird: $400