The Wominjeka La Trobe module (meaning Welcome to La Trobe) will equip every new undergraduate student with basic understanding of Indigenous history, culture and customs.
La Trobe Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education, Professor Mark Rose, said the initiative was an exciting opportunity to encourage students to critically reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs.
"Wominjeka La Trobe has been designed to increase Indigenous cultural literacy for all students," Professor Rose said. "The module will not only increase understanding, it will be an initial connection for all students to the very rich cultural heritage of this land."
The one-hour online module will explain the key concepts of 'Welcome to Country', Acknowledgement of Country and the diversity of Indigenous groups. It will also cover major historical events from pre-contact to present day.
"We are proud to be the first to equip our students with these
cultural literacy skills, skills which they will need to be thoughtful citizens
of Australia and the wider world," said La Trobe Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Jane Long.
"This is a resource in keeping with the best traditions of La Trobe."
La Trobe University Elder Aunty Joy Murphy, who was appointed last year, assisted in creating the module and will feature in the online video component.
While it is a non-accredited subject, Wominjeka La Trobe will be compulsory for all new students across all campuses. Staff will also have the opportunity to participate.
The subject was officially launched at 9.15am on Monday 16 February.
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Image: La Trobe University Elder Aunty Joy Murphy speaks at the Wominjeka La Trobe launch.