Welcome to the Office of First Nations Engagement

The Office of First Nations Engagement led by the PVC First Nations Engagement, has direct oversight of all Charles Sturts’ First Nations Strategies.

The Office is responsible for a new university wide Cultural Safety framework currently under development, catalysing change by placing strong importance on reflecting how one’s own beliefs, values and behaviours impact upon the safety of others.

A major initiative under this is the establishment of a First Nations Governance Circle with the purpose of sharing strategic leadership with Charles Sturt University Executive to shape, monitor and lead the direction as it relates to Indigenous peoples' engagement, access, participation and success in, employment, education and research at Charles Sturt University and engagement as cultural leaders at the University. The Circle provides a point of representative coordination, consistency of message and philosophy and collaboration for all Charles Sturt Indigenous engagement, education and research and covers all Charles Sturt campus regions. The Circle provides a point of vision, coordination and collaboration for all Charles Sturt Indigenous engagement, education and research and aims to support and drive initiatives that reclaim, renew and return prosperity for First Nations Peoples, by sharing deep thinking, advice and decision-making about University services relevant to Indigenous communities.

The Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor is also responsible for all internal and external community relations, and institute-wide alignment and coordination of key work relevant to increasing employment levels of First Nations staff; enhancing the advancement of First Nations Staff qualifications through extended opportunities for professional development and academic engagement; building First Nations student numbers and improving retention and success of First Nations students. It is responsible for increasing First Nations research output and scholarship of Indigenous learning and knowledge through building engagement between Charles Sturt University research and First Nations communities.

The PVCIE reports to Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Engagement, who is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of research and research training at Charles Sturt which includes governance of four Research Centre’s, the Research Office and the portfolios of the Pro Vice-Chancellors for Indigenous Education and International, Education and Partnerships.

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