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Novel coronavirus pandemic response

26 March, 2020

A letter from Director Michelle Scott

To our partner organisations, students, and the wider community,

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship is founded on its vision to foster caring, connected and socially-engaged citizens. As the world faces an unprecedented challenge, we must – now more than ever – do everything we can to contribute to the wellbeing of our communities.

Our internship program, like all of our programs, is embedded in the community, not separate from it. The way that we interact with organisations and students reflects our commitment to the broader community, which is facing great uncertainty. Last week, we took the proactive step with our partners to adapt our internship program to assure the safety and wellbeing of our students, organisations and wider community. A sincere thank you to all of our partner organisations and students who have worked collaboratively with the Centre to enable Semester 1 interns to complete their internships remotely from their homes.

Circumstances related to the novel coronavirus pandemic are rapidly changing and we understand this creates considerable uncertainty for all of us. While we have had to be flexible with our working arrangements to ensure social distancing, you can still contact the McCusker Centre for Citizenship by emailing with any questions you may have.

When Barack Obama spoke at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Award he elevated kindness alongside equality and dignity. During this difficult time, we will need to be kinder than ever.

I look forward to continuing to work with you all.

Michelle Scott