The University of Queensland RAP Launch

29 November 2018

Guided by a steering committee co-chaired by Gaja Kerry Charlton and Professor Peter Høj, UQ’s Vice-Chancellor and President, UQ has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to build on the extensive work undertaken to support the inclusion of diverse cultures and knowledges. The RAP recognises the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have brought and continue to bring to UQ.

In providing a practical framework for UQ, the RAP strengthens this work in building respectful relationships and opportunities between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

On 5 December 2018, UQ will launch its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP outlines UQ’s commitment to practical actions and deliverables that strengthen and build relationships, respect and opportunities between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.

UQ’s RAP Launch Ceremony, will take place in the Graduation Marquee in the Great Court from 10–11.30am and will includes speeches and performances by distinguished alumni, including renowned songwriter and artist, Kev Carmody as well as a morning tea showcasing a contemporary bush-tucker inspired menu.

Simultaneous launch events will also take place at UQ’s Gatton and UQ’s Herston campuses.

“The University of Queensland’s Reconciliation Action Plan will assist us to meaningfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in order to build relationships benefiting the University and communities, and demonstrating respect. I look forward to seeing how our RAP will transform and set a new path for the future," said Professor Fredericks.

UQ Alumni, UQ staff and students, industry partners, and Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and broader communities are welcome at this important occasion.

UQ Schools, Faculties, Institutes and Units have been invited to host a reconciliation campsite – an interactive space or activity to showcase some activities in UQ’s journey towards launching our first Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Camp will be open from 9:00–10:00 am and from 11:00 am–12 noon and campsites will be positioned on the Great Court Marquee deck and nearby grass.

Another highlight will be a historic conversation as UQ’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, yarns with Kev Carmody about his experiences as a UQ student in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Co-hosted by UQ Art Museum and the Office of the PVC (Indigenous Engagement).

(Text courtesy of Nell Angus and Lucy Bryce).