Guest speaker gets students involved in Indigenous awareness program

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 20-8-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Indigenous culture and challenges were brought to the forefront of students’ minds when a guest speaker visited The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus.

Mr Warren Roberts, Indigenous Officer for the Student Representative Council at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), came to talk to the students on the Darlinghurst site about his program, the Youth Awareness Raising Network (YARN) group.

Mr Roberts said he started the group at UNSW bring the different cultures together.

“The aim of YARN is for students to get together and raise awareness of indigenous matters - encouraging them to think and ask questions about Aboriginal culture.”

He spoke to students about the possibility of launching the project at Notre Dame where they would liaise with him on gaining information and organising guest speakers for the campus.

Manager of the Student Life Office, Ms Bronwen Jones, said this is a great opportunity for Notre Dame students to get involved with the Aboriginal community.

“We were very privileged to hear Mr Roberts speak about the YARN program and it will be very exciting if the students get it off the ground here.”

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