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our STORY

During our period of leadership as the Presidents of a Residential College, we, alongside our fellow student leaders, led a significant cultural reform:

  • Residential Advisors (RAs) for corridors were introduced,

  • a pastoral care program was created that ensured every member of the College (250 students) was being looked out for on a weekly basis,

  • a Code of Conduct was designed that students signed upon entry to hold residents accountable for their actions,

  • harmful college traditions were removed,

  • policies around alcohol and other drugs were reformed and

  • the prevalence of harmful behaviour (sexual harassment and assault) was acknowledged and victims supported.

Having successfully navigated a ‘cultural renewal’ (as called for by Elizabeth Broderick and Co’s report) in an environment steeped in tradition, we hope to share effective strategies and best practice so other institutions can do the same.

We believe every College should be striving to continuously improve and that today’s students should be empowered to create a community for tomorrow.

 

our TEAM

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Caillie Dunne

Student Club President 2017

Caillie has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring Management and Marketing) from The University of Melbourne and was on the Dean’s List for the top 3% of students in 2016. After graduating in 2014 from a leading private girls school in Sydney, she moved to Melbourne and enjoyed three years at a Residential College.

During this time, she held roles as a Senior Mentor, Co-Head of a Sub-Committee and Orientation Week Leader. In her final year as President she assisted students with issues of sexual assault and harassment, playing a key pastoral role.

She conducted a workshop on sexual assault and harassment, involving the Presidents of other Residential Colleges, when she realised everyone was struggling with how to implement best practice and construct safe spaces at their Colleges. Some student leaders were unaware what constituted sexual assault and many did not believe it occurred in their community. Caillie realised there was a large information gap around understanding how sexual harassment and assault manifest in a College environment.

In her spare time Caillie runs The Cova Project with her sister, an initiative aimed at providing access to safe sanitary supplies and accurate menstrual health education for the women of Namibia.

 
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Andrew McDougall

Student Club President 2016

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Mathematics and Statistics) from The University of Melbourne. He grew up in Ballarat, Victoria, where he attended Ballarat Clarendon College, graduating in 2013 as Dux of his year level.

Moving to Melbourne, he immediately fell in love with the residential community where he resided. He was elected President of the Undergraduate Student Club two years later, which saw him gain a unique insight into college life, becoming more exposed to the importance of pastoral care and the leadership of young people.

In 2018 he began volunteering for the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA), becoming a trained Peer Educator for the Respect, Protect, Connect program. Andrew facilitates workshops with young men on topics such as masculinity, healthy and respectful relationships, sexual consent and gender-based violence.

Andrew is also a Head Teacher for Code Camp, teaching primary-school aged students coding skills, helping them to create their own games in the school holidays.

 
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Maddie Ossovani

Student Club Vice-President 2018

Maddie has a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Neuroscience) from The University of Melbourne, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, and on the Dean’s List in 2016 and 2017.

After moving to Melbourne from Sydney in 2016, she spent three years at a Residential College. During her time there, Maddie held a number of roles including Music and Drama Society Secretary, Orientation Week Leader and the student-elected Vice-President of the Undergraduate Student Club.

Maddie also works at the not-for-profit organisation Teach for Australia, and is passionate about education and the role it plays in tackling disadvantage.