Reconciliation at RMIT
RMIT launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during National Reconciliation Week 2016.
Since then the University has already made positive progress towards the implementation of our RAP.
During Strategy week, RMIT Reconciliation featured as one of the major focus areas of RMIT’s strategic planning. During the week, staff members were invited to participate in a panel discussion that explored the following questions:
- What is ‘Cultural safety’ and how is it important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
- What have we been missing out on in respect of Indigenous content in our learnings and therefore our curriculum?
- Can sport assist with cultural integration and social change?
After Strategy Week meetings with Senior Executives and their teams, have taken place, Colleges and Portfolios will discuss the development of their own Indigenous Engagement Plans to help meet the targets outlined in our RAP.
Colleges and Portfolios will submit these plans to the Reconciliation Implementation Committee (RIC) for review and endorsement in March 2017.
The RIC currently meets twice a year and will oversee the implementation of the RAP at RMIT.
Its representatives are confident the University will be able to deliver on Actions and Targets listed in our Plan, and encourage everyone to do their bit to contribute towards Reconciliation at RMIT.
RMIT’s Vision for Reconciliation
RMIT aspires to be an organisation whose community recognises the inherent value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions, heritage, knowledges and perspectives to the University.
We seek to learn and embrace the opportunities that this presents to enrich and benefit all staff and students.
We aim to position ourselves as both an employer of choice and preferred place to study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our aspiration is to lead in the areas of reconciliation by:
- Committing our University to the goal of creating an Australia that provides equal life chances for all
- Ensuring all staff and students are treated with dignity and respect
- Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples meaningfully to work towards a collaborative approach
- Promoting a learning and research environment that engages partnerships and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, cultures and diversity
- Increasing the numbers of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds obtaining post-school educational qualifications, as a means of obtaining economic empowerment and independence.