Students at the University of New England’s Armidale campus are staging a protest today to highlight what they say is a “failure to adequately address” a range of serious issues and concerns raised by Indigenous students.
The university’s Indigenous Student Association has levelled accusations of ‘bullying, intimidation, racism and abject failure’ at UNE’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre.
The Association says failure by the Centre to properly support Indigenous students has created a ‘highly toxic and culturally unsafe environment” for Indigenous students at the university.
Former Indigenous Student Association president and Wiradjuri man Bryce Wilson says students have been disappointed with the response from the university.
UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan said “claims of racism are always taken seriously by the University” and it is “committed to respectfully addressing valid concerns about provision of services and support to Indigenous students.”