Yooroang Garang is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. The Dharug words “Yooroang Garang” meaning "strong place", which is what we see as our central purpose: that is to be a strong place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary education, to provide a supportive academic and social environment for students and to be a place which generates positive change in health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Yooroang Garang is committed to the empowerment and self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through education, by increasing opportunities for them to participate in the University as students, educators, administrators and researchers and by providing support mechanisms to ensure successful outcomes at every level.
Relationships within the University
As a unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences, the staff of Yooroang Garang Indigenous Student Support Unit report to the Faculty Executive staff and the Dean of the Faculty.
However, Yooroang Garang maintains a close relationship with other staff and organisational units responsible for the provision of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In particular Yooroang Garang works closely with staff of the Koori Centre on the Camperdown Campus of the University. The staff of the Koori Centre and Yooroang Garang meet regularly to discuss issues of program management:
- develop the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy for the University
- develop strategic plans for marketing
- develop policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support
- develop proposals for annual scholarship funding
Staff from both centres work collegially on many shared activities such as marketing and Recruitment and in the administration of the Cadigal Alternative Entry program.
The Indigenous Student Recruitment and Support Officer of Yooroang Garang, Simone-Cherie Holt, is a member of the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee. This committee is presently chaired by Professor Derrick Armstrong and has representation from all Faculties of the University as well as executive staff from Student Support Services, Equal Opportunity, Institute for Teaching and Learning and external organisations such as DET. This committee aims to review all aspects of Indigenous education at the Univeristy, promoting and facilitating change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and developing recruitment and retention policies.