If you're new to UQ, Goorie Berrimpa welcomes you. Goorie Berrimpa is UQ's Indigenous student collective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and our name translates into 'meeting place'.
We're an inclusive on-campus community that is made up of 6 student executives who organise social, sporting and professional events for all Indigenous students at UQ. There are close to 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently involved in a range of on and off-campus events organised by us.
Our events aim to help Indigenous students, and non-Indigenous staff and students gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the amazing Australian Indigenous culture and history we represent.
We're always keen to have any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in being a part of Goorie to come along to meetings and pitch ideas for events or offer to help organise upcoming activities.
To become a member of the collective you must:
- identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- be studying at UQ.
There are a few ways to get involved with the Collective, these include:
Throughout the year we host a variety of social functions which are open to all students within the collective. We encourage you to come and get involved within the life of Goorie Berrimpa.
The events that we hold are a good way to meet new friends, create great memories, and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Our events include:
- Goorie Ball: A formal event with guest speakers, performers and dancing.
- NITESG: National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games or as we call it, Indigenous Uni Games.
- Social sport: Each semester we enter a team in a different social sport run by UQ Sport.
- Beginning and end-of-semester socials: Celebrate starting and finishing the semester.
- End-of-year graduation event: For all Goorie Berrimpa students who are graduating this year.
To keep up with event opportunities, you can connect with us on social media Facebook and Instagram.
Almost all of our events are free for Indigenous students to attend. This is possible due to the generous financial support of the UQ Union (UQU) and the ATSISU, and we're grateful for their ongoing support.
Goorie Berrimpa officers
The current Goorie Berrimpa officers are Lachlan Bon and Tachae Douglas-Miller, contactable via email@example.com .
These officer positions act as spokespeople for UQ Indigenous students within UQU.