Diversity and inclusion

Providing opportunities for northern Queenslanders to attend university is at the heart of JCU’s commitment to the wellbeing of local communities.

Many of JCU’s programs are focused on reducing the cultural, economic and academic limitations on the next generation of students.

Please note these are all previous events, held during 2022. For upcoming events check the JCU Events calendar.

Events that related to activities that contributed to JCU's pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) feature icons for the relevant SDGs.

JCU Winter School for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Dates: 26 June to 1 July 2022

Discover university life and gain skills for success. Want to know what it's like to be a uni student? Then our residential preparatory program for high school students may be the program for you.

The JCU Winter School for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students offers students in Year 10, 11 and 12 the chance to experience university life during the school holidays.

Over five days, students live on campus and take part in academic lectures and team-building activities in an interactive program that provides opportunities to meet University staff and students and form bonds with other students in the program.

On-campus accommodation allows for a complete university experience. Accommodation is in the residential colleges on campus and catering is provided for all participants while students are on campus. JCU covers the cost of return travel, including flights, bus or train, for students outside of the Townsville region, within Australia.

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Locations: Townsville

Give Uni a Try

Dates: 23 to 27 May | 6 to 10 June | 29 August to 23 September 2022

Thinking about Uni?

If you haven’t studied for a while and want to see if university might be for you, come along to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway program to give it a try.

You will attend classes on campus and take part in learning activities designed to help prepare you for the demands of university study.

The program is one week long and will be taught by the Indigenous Education and Research Centre staff, and is designed to help build your capacities in Math, English and Chemistry. These subject areas will be important to you if you are interested in, for example, studies in nursing, social work, psychology, education, business, IT, medicine, science & engineering.

During the program you will also learn about the support services available to help you succeed in your studies, meet other students who will be an important network for you, and become aware of the range of scholarships that are available to support your studies.

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Locations: Townsville, Cairns, Mount Isa

Harmony Day

Dates: 21 to 23 March 2022

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect, participation and inclusiveness for everyone who calls Australia home.  Officially held each year on 21 March, JCU is extending the festivities and celebrating on 22 March in Townsville and 23 March in Cairns.

JCU campuses will come to life with cultural music, food, dance, art, entertainment and much more. We invite all staff and students to join the festivities and celebrate JCU’s diverse cultural community.

This special event includes:

  • Welcome to Country
  • Indigenous performances
  • International student group performances
  • Multicultural fashion show
  • Cultural demonstrations
  • Art and craft activities
  • Food vans

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Locations: Townsville, Cairns