Griffith offers a range of support initiatives for current and future Pasifika students

Our Griffith community comprises a number of Pacific Island and Maori members.

Our initiatives for Pasifika students help demystify university, increase confidence, encourage teamwork and celebrate success.

Explore these initiatives below.

Information for current students

Griffith Pasifika Association

A cultural club that helps current Griffith students find balance in all aspects of their life, Griffith Pasifika Association is committed to promoting and enhancing the university experience of Pacific Island students at the University. The club also focuses on developing networks and relationships that promote and support future and current students, inclusive of all cultures with a focus on Pasifika. The club helps coordinate related activities on and off campus, including the annual Pasifika Cultural Graduation event. For more details, email or connect with the club on Facebook to stay up to date with events.

Griffith Pasifika Cultural Graduation

An annual affair, the Griffith Pasifika Cultural Graduation sees families, friends and community members come together to celebrate graduates' success. Many of the graduates are the first in their family to attend university. The acknowledgement of family support is an important Pasifika cultural practice and an opportunity for celebration. English is likely to be a second or third language, making graduates’ achievements even more significant.

Pasifika Cultural Graduation

View highlights from past years' graduation ceremonies.

Pasifika Cultural Graduation highlights #1

Pasifika Cultural Graduation highlights #2

Outreach information for future students

Each year Student Mentors visit schools to talk to Pasifika and Maori students about going to uni. Alberto was once a high school student trying to decide whether to go to uni and now he is talking to other young people and almost ready to graduate.

LEAD program for future students

Standing for legacy, education, achievement, dream, our LEAD program is delivered to students in Years 10 to 12 in Uni-Reach schools with large numbers of Pasifika students.

With activities spanning forums, workshops, family and awards nights, on-campus conferences and camps, the program aims to:

  • enhance student leadership and teamwork skills
  • provide support networks
  • support personal growth and aspirations for tertiary education
  • increase confidence and self-awareness of career and personality preferences
  • demystify university
  • facilitate goal-setting behaviour.

Successful Griffith Pasifika students provide mentorship and positive role models for program participants, and are able to share their experiences of university and career pathways.

Participant feedback

I've become more in touch with my culture and really learnt to extend barriers, step out of my comfort zone and also meet new people.

– Student

The students benefited from having time for belonging and sharing immense pride in who they are as part of the Pasifika community, and even more importantly, the power of their own gifts, talents etc.

– Teacher

Students had opportunities to progress beyond their initial stigmas whether that be cultural or in relation to academic ability.

– Mentor

Want to know more?

To find out more,
contact the Pacific Island Programs Officer