The SRC Social Justice Office strives to encourage members of the SRC (and other interested students) to be engaged in social justice initiatives run by the department. These initiatives aim to enhance the student experience for minority groups and/or those potentially suffering hardship/disadvantage. By standing up for these issues, the social justice office is continually working towards an SRC that is not only inclusive of all students, but engages its members, Executives and Office Bearers in a way which heightens their social conscience and activism.
This office aims to abolish discrimination related to (but not exclusive to) each student’s background, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and physical or intellectual abilities. This allows for the preservation of the welfare of each student. Moreover, the Social Justice Office will attempt to ensure that those who most need assistance within the student body are provided with it.
This year’s social justice team will particularly focus on two main areas; assistance for scholarship applicants/holders and, the continuation and expansion of services and initiatives run by the Koori Centre.
The Social Justice Department’s scholarship initiative for 2013 strives to assist future students with disabilities and/or experiencing disadvantage/hardship in their scholarship applications. In doing so the department will organize regular sessions outlining the key areas required for a potentially successful application. This service aims to ensure that scholarships and bursaries are awarded based on meritocracy and appropriate means testing. The scholarship initiative will also see that ongoing emotional, educational and vocational support/guidance are provided for successful applicants on top of the financial assistance.
The SRC’s social justice team is proposing a potential expansion of services for the University’s Koori Centre. Currently, it provides academic assistance, orientation guidance and modern study spaces; the Koori centre is an integral part of the University’s support for its students of indigenous heritage. The Centre also promotes intercultural understanding and dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous students. In 2013, the Social Justice will push to expand the services of the Koori Centre through collaboration with its director and the deputy vice chancellor (indigenous strategy and services). A particular focus will be on encouraging further dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous students. The social justice office aims to achieve this through collaborating with the Koori Centre in hosting monthly events open to all students regardless of race, socioeconomic background or gender. These discussion-based events will not only heighten awareness of all students involved but will highlight the importance of the Koori Centre and the services provided by the University to its indigenous students.
Following our 2012 predecessors, we the 2013 team are committed to shaping the SRC in a way that effectively achieves its social justice objectives. We are committed to an office that acts upon any social justice issues deemed urgent and/or necessary by the student community at the University of Sydney and will be devoted to any relevant initiative.