The McCusker Centre for Citizenship

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship


The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA is
an Australian first for a university. What the ambition of the Centre is – is to
create and foster future generations of people who are concerned about our
community, who want to be active citizens who want to get engaged in the complex
social issues that we have in our community, whether that’s inequality, the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal
people, homelessness, and we’re offering students the opportunity to work
alongside not-for-profit organisations locally, regionally, and globally to make
a difference in the community. I think it’s amazing and really
delightful that The McCusker Centre for Citizenship is getting involved to fill
that gap. Encouraging students to volunteer, but also encouraging the
University architecture to incorporate that into their degrees so that students
get credit for it and that it’s seen as a valuable learning experience. So they’re getting to see advocacy at an
international level but they’re also getting to see this movement of
global citizens around the world contribute, take action, and support
efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030. And it’s my hope that when they come
back to Perth they’ll be able to tell these stories, spread this message, and
show, in Australia, what young people are capable of doing. And I’ve got
to tell you this is already setting an example for other universities. We’ve had universities that saw the
advertising for this, ring us up and actually ask if they could get their
students involved and what they need to do. The Centre is all about creating new
generations of young people who want to make a difference in the world, who feel
enthusiastic that they can change the world.

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