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Nina Cass

In 2010 I was a recipient of the IYLP scholarship while I was attending university. I am the first in my family to attend university so this program offered an immense amount of support. The program supported me financially to assists with paying for some of the costs of university but perhaps of most value was the leadership course that I attended. Many of the tertiary scholarship recipients went on to assist with the IYLP year 10 leadership program where we assisted with co facilitation and mentoring at their leadership camp. This allowed us to further develop both personally and professionally.

I have had so many opportunities since undertaking university and they have led me to various leadership opportunities. Some opportunities include:

  • Representative to the United Nations Expert mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva in July 2015.
  • Member of the 2012 Aurora scholarship international study tour which included visits to: Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard University and New York University.
  • Individual delegate on the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples 2013 – 2015.
  • One of ten young Australian’s selected to be on the Australian Youth Forum in 2012.
  • Straight Talk participant – an Oxfam program established to encourage Indigenous women to engage in Australian politics.
  • Participant in the Indigenous Women’s conference in Cairns.
  • Member of the NSW Australian of the Year Selection Panel in 2012.
  • Selection panel member of the Youth Grants directed by Peter Garrett in 2012.

I have completed a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Humanitarian and Peace studies and a Masters in Education. I completed this Masters degree by minor thesis whereby I researched ‘to what extent racial discrimination occurs towards Aboriginal people when attempting to seek accommodation through the private rental market in North West NSW’. I am currently undertaking a Master of Arts where I am pursuing interests in international and political studies. For a number of years I have been actively engaged in issues of social justice with a focus on human rights intersecting Indigenous peoples and the environment.

I am currently employed full time by Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie as an Indigenous Student Liaison Officer. Central to my role is to support Indigenous students throughout their university studies. I am extremely passionate about my role and endeavour to empower our students to achieve their best.

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