This week, in furthering my role as a sessional academic, I facilitated classes on “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights” focused on Indigenous Australians’ human rights.
The class, strategically designed to include discussions, had many students sharing their experiences and views on the important subject. Drawing from real-life scenarios, the discussions invited everyone to be aware of the human rights concerns that still existed and be deliberate in challenging oppressive structures within the society. The use of appropriate terminologies within the context of the topic was also discussed.
While noting my positioning, it was humbling to learn from the students who were kind to guide me in understanding how to pronounce some names and certain terms used by Indigenous Australians.
It was an engaging week of learning, and humbled that learning was both ways.