ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENT COLLECTIVE WITHIN UQ UNION (UQU)
Goorie Berrimpa means "Meeting Place" in the local tribe, Turrbal language. The name suggests that members of the Collective are part of a community no matter where they are from traditionally in the country or what they study. We hope to provide a sense of belonging for all Indigenous students studying at the University of Queensland and bring culture and education together.
To become a member of the collective you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is studying at UQ. There are a few ways in which you can be involved within the Collective, these include;
Come up to the ATSI Unit (Level 2, Building 4; right next to Co-Op Bookshop) and introduce yourself to the staff.
Throughout the year Goorie Berrimpa host a variety of social functions which are open to all students within the collective. We encourage you to come and get involved within the life of Goorie Berrimpa, the events that we hold are a good way to meet new friends, creates great memories, and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Our events include;
NAIDOC Dinner: A formal ball with 3 course meal, guest speakers and performers.
NITESG (National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games or as we call it, Indigenous Uni Games)
Social Sport: Each semester we enter a team in a different social sport that UQSport has.
Beginning and End of Semester Socials: Celebrate beginning and finishing the semester.
End of Year Graduates event: For all Goorie Berrimpa students who are graduating their degree this year.
State of Origin Night: Hosted at the ATSIS Unit, we come together each year to watch the State of Origin; yes, NSW supporters are allowed.
Great Court and Chill: A fortnightly hangout on the Great Court around lunchtime; see the Facebook group for details.
GOORIE BERRIMPA OFFICER
This year there are two Goorie Berrimpa Officers: David Corporal and Tionne Seden.
David is a 4th year student studying a dual degree of Engineering and Science with majors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Physics. He has been involved with Goorie since his first year in 2014 and is keen to see the community grow. In his time he has seen the membership of Goorie grow as well as help organise the first Cross-Cultural workshop with the International Student Collective aimed at promoting the sharing of culture between international and indigenous students. David wants to continue both of these endeavours in 2017.
Tionne is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, born and raised on Thursday Island. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) at UQ, and is now currently studying a Doctor of Medicine. Tionne is passionate about increasing the engagement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population through social events, academic support and cultural exposure, as well as the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and stories throughout the university and wider community.
This position acts as a spokesperson for the UQ Indigenous students within UQU.