The School of Indigenous Studies are hosting their Aboriginal Voices Program at University Hall this Semester as part of the Aboriginal Orientation Course.
The Aboriginal Orientation Course is an alternative pathway entry into the University of Western Australia (UWA). Students of all ages with a desire to study at university can enrol in this course as their first step towards their under graduate degree in the areas of Arts, Design, Science and Commerce.
Up to 20 Indigenous students are currently enrolled in The Aboriginal Voices Program which explores Indigenous knowledge, history and heritage. This class is currently being held at University Hall and is being lectured by the School of Indigenous Studies Assistant Professor, Paulina Motlop. One of her teaching highlights has been during the lunch break where the group is able to sit together, enjoy some refreshments and get to know each other on a more social level.
Many of the students attending the course are travelling from remote locations all around Western Australia. Therefore moving to the city and taking on university level studies is a huge step for some!
“For those students integrating formal study, home and community, UniHall and the Aboriginal Program is a great experience,” says Ms Motlop.
Three quarters of this group are already residents at UniHall and are well aware of how college life not only builds life-long friendships but assists students with their academic goals. The group are enjoying the dynamic international mix of residents and how students feel comfortable enough to start conversations and make friends with people they had not met before.
University is a place of academia and students begin to flourish in their studies and grow as individuals when they are amongst a vibrant and supportive community.
The School of Indigenous Studies and University Hall work in collaboration to provide Indigenous and regional students with opportunities to achieve academic excellence and to build life-long friendships.