Meet ACU Engagement team member Olivia Merrick, read our latest news and find out about opportunities to get involved.
Engaging students during O-Week
ACU Engagement recently participated in O-Week across all campuses with the support of Campus Ministry. This provided a great opportunity for our staff to interact with new students and talk about community engagement opportunities at ACU. Many students expressed interest in volunteering outside of their course requirements and we are excited to see the calibre of students commencing at ACU this year!
In Melbourne, Homework Support Program commences this week following our ACU Tutors completing their induction last Friday. The induction was supported by the Centre of Multicultural Youth to help educate ACU students about refugee journeys into the Australian education system. Staff from the local primary school also attended to discuss strategies for supporting literacy development for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The induction program was evaluated for the first time by ACU students in attendance and the results indicate that the new tutors are both excited and nervous to start this week, but feel well prepared for the tutoring experience. ACU Engagement is looking forward to kicking off the program and supporting our students to learn and grow as professional educators.
Meet Olivia Merrick
Hello! I'm Olivia, Community Engagement Officer for Canberra. Thank you for the warm and generous welcome to ACU. I’m thrilled to be part of the Canberra staff and I'm humbled to be included into the national ACU Engagement team.
I come to ACU from the public service where I have recently worked in community educator roles. My academic background is in business, with an MBA and a B Bus (Marketing) from the University of Notre Dame. I followed this with a Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary) from Curtin University.
When I'm not at ACU you'll find me assisting ACT schools with sustainability, parenting hard (hard parenting?) and wandering outside on Canberra’s web of trails and paths.
My role in Canberra is to work within ACU (staff and students) and with external organisations to develop pathways to and opportunities for community engagement. My focus is on identifying opportunities with community organisations that are mutually beneficial and in-line with the ACU’s mission in that they support the poor, the vulnerable and marginalised communities. Mother Teresa taught us that while we may not all be able to do great things, we can all do small things with great love. I look forward to sharing in and assisting to facilitate ACU Canberra’s great acts.
Please come and see when I’m in the office on Tuesdays or get in contact via email or phone. I would love to hear how you currently contribute, or your ideas or contacts you may have with organisation that we could partner with, or to assist in any way I can.
OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
(VIC) Bike Education Program- Next week!
A fun opportunity to support Primary School kids who are having trouble mastering the knack of riding a bicycle! The Bike Education Program seeks to provide students with opportunities to practice their balance and coordination skills with a focus on road safety.
Based in Richmond (VIC) the program runs from 10am-1pm next week from March 5-8. You can attend one or more sessions and you do not need to own a bike. You will need a current Working With Children Check to participate.
ACU Staff are warmly invited to attend the Renew Runway Fashion show in support of young fashion designers working in sustainable fashion initiatives.
As part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Yarra Youth Services have partnered with local designers to develop a showcase event for garments that review, recycle and repurpose discarded clothes and materials. The show is being hosted by ACU with support from Man with a Van to set up a fashion runway on campus to exhibit the work of designers from the Yarra Youth Fashion Program.
Yarra Youth Services has a close connection with the Atherton Gardens Network and collaborates with young people aged 12-25 who live, work or study within the City of Yarra. Programs are designed to promote healthy communities and work to support the participation of young people in artistic and musical pursuits.
No bookings required.
(VIC) Fem Fatale
Friday 9 March
Brunswick Street Gallery
As part of International Women’s Day, Brunswick Street Gallery is hosting 'Fem Fatale' in support of gender equity in museum exhibitions, collections and art reviews. The exhibition includes visual and creative art works developed by young local artists as a means of authentic and meaningful self-expression. There will be artist talks and readings from 5pm and staff of ACU are invited to join the celebrations or pop in to see the collection.