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A pathway for Indigenous leaders in social equity enters second year with revamped format

Elizabeth McKinley Executive Director AFSE Source: Supplied

“At the centre of this Program is a commitment to Indigenous knowledges to create lasting social change. Without this approach, the challenges to Indigenous inequity will remain piecemeal and solutions will likely falter.” – Elizabeth McKinley Executive Director AFSE

Key points

  • Based at the University of Melbourne, AFSE is supported by Indigenous intellectual leaders and knowledge holders

  • Fellows undertake studies aiming to eradicate inequity for a fairer, healthier and more inclusive society

  • The program is open to Indigenous Australians and Indigenous New Zealanders


 

The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity (AFSE) program describes itself as an Indigenous-led lifelong, collaborative fellowship program and platform for systemic change.

Liz McKinley recently appointed Executive Director of Atlantic Fellowships for Social Equity says the program is open to Indigenous Australians and Indigenous New Zealanders and is expected to expand to the Pacific region in the coming years.

Expression of Interest are now open with formal applications starting on June 26 for 2021 cohorts. Elisabeth McKinley says the program has been revamped taking into account feedback from past fellows, staff, and partners of the program.

She says that to qualify students have to carry out a social change project. “When they apply, they have to tell us what sort of project they are looking for or are looking at, or something that might be related to some social-change work that they have done before they entered the program.”

AFSE is part of a global network offering an opportunity for fellows to meet and collaborate across the world.

The program has branches in the US, South Africa, UK, Thailand etc.  working on issues as varied as Brain Health Equity, Racial Equity, social and economic equity.

These studies lead to the common goal of eradicating inequity.

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