Everyone takes a different journey to the University

26 June 2014

There are many paths to the University, with our doors open wide to welcome people from all backgrounds to contribute to our innovative and inclusive community.

In 2011, Indigenous Recruitment Manager, Vladimir Williams had a big idea to bring the concepts that underpin the Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu strategy to life in a short film that would resonate with many and make it clear that employment here is an option for everyone.

"There are no straight lines in life," Vladimir explains. "I wanted to find a way to demonstrate - with humour and creativity - that although most journeys are fraught with barriers and obstacles, they can surprise you and lead you to new places. For the Aboriginal community, I wanted to make it clear that that new place could be here."

The film, Go your own way, follows an Aboriginal persons journey from Redfern Block to the University using parkour, or 'free-running', as a visual metaphor for the barriers and obstacles that must be overcome.

"I first conceived the idea for the film at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education three years ago, and I was honoured to be able to return there this year with my colleague Michelle Dixon and present the film and the Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu strategy on behalf of the University," says Vladimir.

"In the best tradition of Aboriginal culture, the film itself is a story, and it inspires others to tell their stories. Sharing stories with other delegates at the conference was certainly inspiring, and it showed me that the University is on the right path with our Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu strategy, which is having a positive impact on our organisation and community."

Go your own way will be used to support the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment strategy, emphasising that regardless of the work you do here, you'll be encouraged to think, challenge, explore, create and make a difference within a University where there is never a shortage of inspiration.

"I worked on the film with people from across the University and local community who shared the same passion and vision and who had all been on their own journey. People in the Aboriginal community might never have considered the University as somewhere that their journey might take them, so it's important that we get the message out there that we offer support for staff on many levels, and pride ourselves on providing a safe, respectful and comfortable environment to work and learn."

Vladimir's enthusiasm for the project is almost contagious, and that enthusiasm shines through in the film.

"Telling and sharing stories is part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and I'm confident that Go your own way is going to make the University part of many new Indigenous stories in years to come."

Find out more about the Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu strategy