A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) prompts the University of South Australia to action measurable targets for cultural change on campus.
The first Australian university committed to the education of Indigenous Australians in 1997, is now implementing the plan as part of the project, Crossing the Horizon that hopes to position itself as a University of Choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
UniSA, Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research, Professor Peter Buckskin is pleased the university is changing its culture and the way it does business.
‘Australian universities, in the main, are about dominant cultures. This can be problematic if the post-colonial agenda does not reflect a more balanced history and experience of the First Australians. This contributes towards a strong assimilationist agenda,’ he says