Sophie Murray – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student Rep – May Report

It’s almost mid-year break! The time of year when we can all pretend to run away from our responsibilities. I don’t know what you guys have planned but I can’t wait to jump on a plane and get a bit closer to the equator and some warmer weather!


But, before I do I  think it is important that I update you on what I have been up to recently and some of the changes around the University.

The year is not slowing down and May brought with it some major events! First up was the Aboriginal Power Cup, an event run by both Port Adelaide Football Club and SAASTA, with a little help from their friends at UniSA. The program culminates in a football carnival run over three days and uses sport as a vehicle for change, encouraging around 450 Indigenous students from across the state to complete their secondary education and plan for their futures. The grand final is played out as the curtain raiser for Port Adelaide’s AFL home game with the students performing a cultural dance as well. This event is an absolute highlight in my calendar every year!

On the same day as the Aboriginal Power Cup I was also busy with UniJam. It’s safe to say after an influx of emails in regards to the two day forum, I have been put off most sweet preserves for the foreseeable future. One of the conversations I participated in was ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University of Choice’ and I am really interested to see how this Horizon Statement progresses.


Last time I posted a blog update I introduced you to some of the helpful services which are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University. However, there has been some significant changes in this space with City East, Magill, Mawson Lakes and Whyalla all welcoming new Aboriginal Student Engagement Officers. All of the new, and existing names are below and I encourage you to swing past the study centres and introduce yourself.

City West

Sophie Murray


Anna Strzelecki

Mawson Lakes

Kylie Ellis

City East

Dylan Hunter

Mt Gambier

Mark Lovett


Michael Watkins

Finally, our Indigenous Student Services Team has now been renamed Wirringka Student Services. Wirringka is a Kaurna name and means ‘together and in common with’.

All the best with any upcoming final assessments or exams!

Activity Report

05/05/15 – Attended Student Engagement Framework Focus Group- Wellbeing


05/05/15 – CareerTrackers Networking Event


06/05/15 – Floodlight Meeting with Student Life re: Reconciliation week


There is the potential for USASA and Student Life to collaborate for future events such as NAIDOC Week.


09/05/15 – Networking with Richard from Indigenous Accountants Australia


09/05/15 – USASA Board Meeting


13/05/15 – Follow up meeting with Student Life re: Reconciliation Week


18/05/15 – Brainstorm meeting with Tracy re: NAIDOC Week


There is the potential for USASA and Student Life to collaborate for future events such as NAIDOC Week.

19/05/15 – Aboriginal Power Cup


19-20/05/15 – UniJam


25/05/15 – INSPIRE Seminar meeting with Panel Members


25/05/15 – UniTopia Briefing Session


27/05/15 – National Reconciliation Week Breakfast


USASA could host a table in future.

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