The McCusker Centre for Citizenship students who attended the Matariki Network of Universities’ Global Citizenship Forum led an interactive workshop on active citizenship for UWA students.
The students discussed ways of getting involved in the community, with some examples being volunteering, advocacy, and education. They then focused on barriers to community engagement including the issues of balancing paid and unpaid work, how to get involved if you have an introverted personality, as well as not being aware of the opportunities available. The students also discussed the benefits of organisations reaching out to students to offer their opportunities as well as the advantage of unpaid internships with the incentive of credit points for degrees.
Students left the workshop with broader understanding of opportunities available to be an active citizen in the community.