Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Indigenous Models of Achievements
Bridges to Higher Education, in partnership with Television Sydney (TVS), have developed a three part documentary series, Indigenous Models of Achievement, sees nine students and graduates from around Australia describe their amazing journeys to not only improve their lives, but the lives of those around them.
Each episode focuses on a career path – education, science and medicine and the arts – and features everyday people who have become role models to their own communities.
To meet them, visit the Make Your Mark website.
Supporting Indigenous Aspirations
Bridges to Higher Education encompasses a range of programs that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their aspiration for, and access to higher education.
The project builds on the success of the reading, literacy, numeracy and computer and telecommunication skills programs that the Bridges universities have been offering in recent years.
New programs include an Indigenous High Achievers Program and a series of summer camps delivered by the Bridges universities, for example the University of Sydney's Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program.
In November 2013, representatives from the five Bridges universities travelled to regional centres across NSW to work with Indigenous leaders to encourage higher education participation. This series of community forums engaged high school students, their families and community leaders in Bathurst, Dubbo, Gunnedah and Tamworth, providing information on the many specific pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are available, the range of culturally appropriate academic and financial support measures, and the benefits that higher education brings to both the individual and the community.
Following the success of the Regional Community Forums, a Metro Community Forum was delivered in Sydney in December 2013. Educational leaders and current Indigenous students from five universities joined forces with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) to enhance aspiration and share information about higher education with Indigenous students, families and community leaders.
Programs for Indigenous students are delivered in partnership with schools, non-government organisations such as The Smith Family, and elders and others in local communities.
Our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people covers both rural and regional areas and Greater Western Sydney, which represents one of Australia's highest Indigenous populations.