Griffith recognises the intellectual, scholarly and cultural contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders who have worked with various political, education, social and spiritual leaders. Such work has fostered a greater understanding of Indigenous issues and helped implement policies and programs based on principles of social justice and reconciliation.
Similarly, our own Council of Elders works closely with staff and students to help make Griffith a place that encourages Indigenous people to study and work at the university in a spirit of partnership, reconciliation and respect.
The Griffith University Council of Elders works to:
- provide leadership and direction to the University on issues of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- encourage and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff
- strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people of the University
- facilitate engagement between Indigenous people on a local and global scale
- promote a spirit of reconciliation and respect.
Co-chairs and Elders-in-Residence
- Uncle Graham Dillon
- Aunty Anne Leisha
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members
- Aunty McRose Elu
- Mr John Graham
- Aunty Mary-Rose Hampton
- Uncle Reginald Knox
- Uncle Eddie Ruska
- Aunty Marion Russell
- Uncle Thomas Sebasio
- Aunty Vicki-Ann Speechley-Golden
- Aunty Celia Watego
- Uncle Martin Watego
Delmae Barton was appointed Elder-in-Residence at Griffith University in 2005. In 2009, Graham Dillon was also appointed to this role and the Elders-in-Residence worked alongside fellow community Elders including Reg Knox, Roz Graham, Jianna Richardson, Anne Chapman and Thomas Sebasio.
In 2010 this network of mentors and advisors was formalised to become the Griffith University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Council of Elders—an initiative of the ICEPP. Griffith is very proud the University’s Elders established this council, which continues to provide advice and foster understanding.