Queensland has the second largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Australia with several thousand Indigenous people living in the Toowoomba region and the surrounding districts. The Indigenous community is comprised of traditional owners, Indigenous people from throughout Queensland, the Torres Strait and Australia.
The College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research has a continuing commitment to, and involvement in, the Indigenous community of the region. This is achieved by the College's participation in community-based events, such as NAIDOC Week and other important dates for the Indigenous community.
The College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research also aims to involve community members, especially community Elders, when the College and USQ are hosting significant events such as student graduations. Local Elders also utilise facilities at the College to conduct regular meetings.
The College maintains an active role through participation in community-based initiatives wherever possible. Representatives of the College offer and provide support, advice and consultation to both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities of the region.
The College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research provides programs that are designed to promote Indigenous culture, and assist community members to achieve higher levels of education.
Indigenous Connections events are held annually at USQ Toowoomba and Springfield campuses and provides over 500 Indigenous high school students with a range of motivational and learning experiences to encourage them to view university study as a desirable and achievable pathway to support their long term goals.
Deadly Motivators Program
The Deadly Motivators Program is targeted at Indigenous and non-Indigenous school staff who are working to improve education outcomes for Indigenous young people in rural communities in southern Queensland including Cunnamulla, Charleville, Roma, St George and Goondiwindi.
Indigenous Art Exhibitions
Every two years, USQ holds an Indigenous Art Exhibition to promote Indigenous culture. In 2012, the Undiluted Exhibition will examine Indigenous experience through the language of contemporary art.
Cherbourg Project in the Creative Arts
Together with the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre, the USQ School of Creative Arts provides creative arts workshops at TAFE in Cherbourg, Queensland to improve the access, completion and retention of Indigenous participants in creative arts initiatives.
Indigenous school placement
USQ works with Education Queensland for Education students to complete their professional teacher experience in identified Indigenous schools in the Torres Strait, North Queensland and Indigenous communities.
For more information about the College's community involvement, please contact CISER.