Navigating the Sensitivities of Cultural Awareness

12 February 2016

Tessa's talk takes place on Thursday, 18 February in the Woolley Building
Tessa's talk takes place on Thursday, 18 February in the Woolley Building

After 14 years of living and working with and for Indigenous people in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, alumna Tessa Pollack (BA, 1994; Master of Urban Studies, 2000) would like to share her knowledge with the next generation.

This talk is aimed at non-Indigenous students with an interest in Social policy, Education, Social Work, Anthropology and Indigenous Studies who wish to become more culturally competent.

The talk will be invaluable to those interested in learning more about cultural differences from a first-hand perspective.

The talk will be in the format of an Open Forum wherein students are encouraged to ask questions.

"My varied research and field work within the Sydney region made me realise that I was not entirely understanding why certain choices were being made," writes Tessa Pollack.

"But that was because I was still 'seeing' the world from my one perspective.

"Over this time I slowly became aware of a very different way of 'seeing' the same event or incident. What was the norm for me was not always the norm for my Indigenous colleagues.

"To help others move more quickly into a different way of seeing I would like to share my experience with those who have chosen this journey so that the promise of 'closing the gap' might occur more rapidly and in collaboration with the people it espouses to assist."

For further information or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email


Thursday, 18 February 2016 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (AEDT) - Add to Calendar


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