Associate Professor Jaime Gongora of the University of Sydney’s faculty of veterinary science has received a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Recognised for innovatively embedding cultural competence into the veterinary curriculum and promoting an environment that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and comes soon after receiving the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy.
“The citation is an important external recognition of the work I have been doing in the faculty since 2012 and encourages me and other people who have contributed to continue working in this area,” said Professor Gongora, one of many staff across the university who have been working to further the University’s Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy. “I intend to continue embedding and implementing cultural competence and themes on Indigenous knowledge systems into the faculty’s programs.”
The Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning is an awards initiative by the Australian government’s Office for Learning and Teaching, recognising the diverse contributions made by those in the educational field. Up to 150 Citations are awarded each year, with a prize value of $10,000 each.