Goorie Berrimpa Student Collective

For those new to UQ, Goorie Berrimpa welcomes you! Goorie Berrimpa is the Indigenous Student Collective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UQ, and our name translates into 'meeting place'.

Goorie Berrimpa is an inclusive on campus community that is made up of six student executives who organise social, sporting and professional events for all Indigenous students at UQ. There are close to 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently involved in a range of on and off-campus events organised by Goorie Berrimpa.

We're hoping to have lots of events this year that will not only link you to other Indigenous students, but also help non-Indigenous staff and students gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the amazing Australian Indigenous culture and history we represent.

Almost all of our events are free for Indigenous students to attend. This is possible due to the generous financial support of the UQ Union and the ATSIS Unit, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

We are always keen to have any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in being a part of Goorie to come along to meetings and pitch ideas for events or offer to help organise upcoming activities.

If you'd like to receive updates on our events and get to know the UQ Indigenous mob come and join us on our Goorie Berrimpa Facebook.

Membership

To become a member of the collective you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is studying at UQ.

There are a few ways to get involved with the Collective, these include:

Request to be added to the Goorie Berrimpa private Facebook pageLike the public Goorie Berrimpa Facebook pageCome up to the ATSIS Unit (Level 2, Building 4, right next to Co-Op Bookshop) and introduce yourself to the staff

Events

Throughout the year Goorie Berrimpa hosts a variety of social functions which are open to all students within the collective. We encourage you to come and get involved within the life of Goorie Berrimpa.

The events that we hold are a good way to meet new friends, creates great memories, and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Our events include:

  • NAIDOC dinner: A formal ball with three-course meal, guest speakers and performers.
  • NITESG: National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games or as we call it, Indigenous Uni Games
  • Social sport: Each semester we enter a team in a different social sport run by UQ Sport.
  • Beginning and end-of-semester socials: Celebrate starting and finishing the semester.
  • End of year graduation event: For all Goorie Berrimpa students who are graduating this year.

Goorie Berrimpa Officers

This year there are two Goorie Berrimpa Officers: David Corporal and Tionne Seden.

David is a fourth-year student studying an Engineering/Science dual degree with majors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Physics. He has been involved with Goorie since his first year in 2014 and is keen to see the community grow. In his time he has seen the membership of Goorie grow as well as help organise the first cross-cultural workshop with the International Student Collective, aimed at promoting the sharing of culture between international and Indigenous students. David wants to continue both of these endeavours in 2017.

Tionne is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, born and raised on Thursday Island. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nutrition) at UQ, and is now currently studying a Doctor of Medicine. Tionne is passionate about increasing the engagement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population through social events, academic support and cultural exposure, as well as the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and stories throughout the university and wider community.

These positions act as spokespeople for UQ Indigenous students within UQU.

One Mob by Lucas Schober

‘One Mob’, is a piece which depicts the coming together of all Indigenous peoples. The central meeting place represents our community, surrounded by totems and food sources (the goanna and the dugong) which symbolise both mainland Aboriginal peoples and the seafaring population of the Torres Strait Islands. On either side of the piece, waves of dots gather, representing people, all congregating towards the centre meeting circle, which in our case, represents our University. The encompassing form of the two animals unify the artwork creating a balance between both Torres Strait and Aboriginal nations. The artwork serves as a welcome to all people of all backgrounds and beliefs uniting us all as one mob.