Message from the Dean, 10 November 2020

It's not a Zoom background behind me, but the real-life Old Quad. In my message this week, as we mark the significant progress against COVID in Victoria, I update you on some of the developments around the Parkville campus.

It is also NAIDOC Week with the 2020 theme of Always Was, Always Will Be recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. I encourage you to take part in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and have two recommendations:

  • Watch Associate Professor Luke Burchill in conversation with renowned ABC presenter Angela Lavoipierre. Hear the story of what set him on his career journey, the impact of his work, and his experience here at the University of Melbourne.
  • Staff can register to attend a SWiM webinar with Dr Ngaree Blow, public health expert and Director of First Nations Health, and Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion Natalie Hannan for an important conversation on the visibility of Indigenous women, next Tuesday 17 November.

I also had the pleasure of catching up with Professor Marilys Guillemin, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, to talk about 2020. As we head into the first week of exams, both of us wanted to say thank you to staff and wish our students all the very best. We're thinking about you and we're confident you'll do very well.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

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