Indigenous Alumni

The ANU Indigenous Alumni Network was established by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander alumni from the 80s and early 90s. Our objective is to enable Indigenous students and alumni to engage and remain connected with each other and ANU. We also aim to celebrate the University's achievements in Indigenous education.

Inaugural Patrons of the Network include:

  • Local Ngambri Elder, Mrs Matilda House, who opened the Tjabal Centre in 1989
  • Ms Anne Martin, current Director of the Tjabal Centre
  • Emeritus Professor Isabel McBryde, who was instrumental in encouraging the University's enrolment of Indigenous students and supporting development of an Indigenous Student Centre, which is now the Tjabal Centre
  • Professor Marcia Langton, first Indigenous Honours graduate in Anthropology at ANU

The ANU Indigenous Alumni Network Committee has been actively working over the last few years to build a community of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander alumni to support each other, current and future students, and the Tjabal Centre.

2020-21 will see a lot of activity and engagement from the Network. To finalise plans, we would like to grow our membership, establish who our Indigenous alumni are, and find out where you are based.

Want to be part of the Network?

If you have identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with ANU as a student, then you are automatically part of the ANU Indigenous Alumni Network. If you are unsure of whether you have identified, would like to identify, or need to update your contact details, please contact the ANU Alumni Relations team using our contact details on the right of this page. We will update your details and get you in touch with our Network Committee Chair, Frank Gafa.

We are launching the ANU Indigenous Alumni Network newsletter in May 2020. So please update your details to get the latest on the Network, including important announcements and events information!

ANU Reconciliation Action Plan

ANU is committed to fostering the Network through their draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2021. The RAP sets out the University's key priorities and actions for its contribution toward Reconciliation. The ANU Indigenous Alumni Network has been invited to participate as a member of the RAP Committee. This is a great opportunity for Indigenous alumni to shape the University and contribute to the next generation of students by sharing insights from your experience at ANU.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the draft RAP, please get in touch with Frank Gafa, Chair of the ANU Indigenous Alumni Network. He can bring them up for discussion at the first RAP Committee meeting on Thursday 19 March 2020.

Upcoming activities:

March 2020

  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • ANU Alumni Gala dinner, where the ANU Indigenous Alumni of the Year Award recipient will be announced

May 2020

  • ANU Indigenous Alumni Network newsletter
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