Graduating University and Supporting the Next Generation

Jun 11, 2021

At Yalari we encourage our scholars to appreciate and respect the gift of education that they have been given and to look beyond themselves and give something back. Tiah Vocale and Monique Mallyer are shining examples of putting this into action. Monique and Tiah have graduated from University and are using their education to support and encourage the future generation of Indigenous Australians.

Tiah Vocale

“I am a proud Gunai/Monaro woman from Melbourne, Vic. I graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology/Indigenous studies in 2019. I was incredibly lucky to go on exchange and study overseas in Canada for six months at The University of British Columbia in 2017. An experience I will never forget.

After completing my bachelor’s I was lucky enough to gain employment two months after graduation securing a full-time role in tertiary education at The University of Western Sydney as a Student Support Officer. I have been working for almost two years in the role and am loving it as I get to yarn and support students on a daily basis and ensure my students are receiving academic and personal support where needed and most importantly ensuring a culturally safe space. My motivation is to continually encourage students to keep optimistic and know support is available whenever needed and that my door is always open.

Whether the first in the family or fifth to attend University, I will always be an advocate and do what I can to make studying easier and less stressful. I have been provided with amazing opportunities because of Yalari and I want to ensure my students and the next generation know of the incredible opportunities available.

There is so much potential for our people and I will continue to encourage and motivate the current and younger generation to keep pursuing their dreams and to never give up.”

Monique Mallyer

“Since the beginning of 2021, I have changed into a new full-time role within the child protection space. My role has me working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families currently involved with Child Safety. I create plans that allow children in foster or kin care to continue to see their family and ensure children still continue to remain connected to language, mob, heritage, and country. I have been in this role for 5 months now and have learned so much through success and failures and continue to enjoy my role. I have a deadly team and a supportive manager. As a first full-time job, it has expanded my understanding of working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families as well as ensuring the safety of children and navigating Child Safety.

 
I still remain in contact with a few mob from Yalari and often talk about the many experiences we’ve had as part of the family, from the orientation camps, visits at our school, and traveling around the country, especially to the Northern Territory! I look forward to what the next 6 months have in offer for me and to see how Yalari continues to grow into the deadly organisation it is!”

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