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Charles Darwin University

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issue 24

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4 ISSUE 24 | March 2010 STAFF PROFILE INDIGENOUS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM The Indigenous Student Ambassador Program enables Indigenous students enrolled in Higher Education courses at CDU to contribute to their community through volunteering and role modelling. By participating in this program, Student Ambassadors are covered by CDU Volunteer Insurance and can gain recognition for their contributions. Are you interested in becoming an Indigenous Student Ambassador? If so, please contact Betty Ah Kit on telephone 08 8946 6640 or email betty.ahkit@cdu.edu.au for further information and an application package. Hi, my name is Gregory Cusack. I come from a family of fi ve on my mothers side and six on my fathers, and I am the last child on both sides. From my mothers side of the family, her mother, my grandmother, is a Warlpiri / Anmatjere woman from Mount Doreen Station, northwest of Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. My skin name is Japaljardi and my grandfather is a Gurindji man from Wave Hill (Kalkarindji). I have very strong ties to my mothers family from Yuendumu and a very large family who reside in both Alice Springs and Darwin. On my fathers side of the family, my grandmother is also a Gurindji woman from Wave Hill, and my grandfather is a Chinese man. I grew up in Darwin so I know a lot of the local Aboriginal families and many others from different nationalities, as Darwin is such a multicultural city. Last year, I returned to Darwin after working in Alice Springs for four years. Whilst in Alice Springs I worked at the Centre for Aboriginal Development for two years as the Student Services Offi cer. During this time, I gained my Training and Assessment (Certifi cate IV) at the Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD) which has opened doors for me to build a career as a teacher to help my people and to better myself. Following my training, I worked as a trainee for IAD in the Information Technology Desktop Support area. During this time, I had the opportunity to undertake further studies in the IT area. More recently, I was offered a position with Charles Darwin University (CDU) Alice Springs campus as a Remote Lecturer. I delivered classes in Business and IT to Aboriginal people aged between 16 55 in communities within the surrounding areas of Alice Springs. I found this position to be personally rewarding and very enjoyable. I moved back to Darwin in 2009 and was employed at the North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Services (NAAFVLS). I travelled to remote communities delivering workshops to local mob about Domestic Violence , Sexual Assault and Australian Law, as well as Aboriginal Lore and how to balance that within the Australian /Western systems. I have now started working at Gurinbey, Casuarina campus as an Indigenous Academic Support Lecturer (IASL). I will also be placed at Duwun, Palmerston campus for two weeks every month. I am looking forward to meeting and supporting Darwin based students through their studies. I would also like to take advantage of the opportunity to further my own education whilst here at CDU.

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