Giving back does not always mean giving back to your own community. There are many ways to give back. UNSW recognises that each of us are members of multiple communities.
Scholars such as Amartya Sen and Kuku Yalanji lawyer Noel Pearson have written about the complexity of layered identities.
Pearson has promoted a concept of “orbiting”, whereby young people leave Country to study, work and “orbit” back to community when one is able to contribute and give back. However we choose to frame this, giving back is an integral part of the strategy.
UNSW's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff should strive to meet their obligation to give back, whether it be to our own local communities, the broader Indigenous community in Australia, or to the Indigenous community here on campus.