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Name: Ricky Macourt
Studying: Bachelor of Laws
Position: Founding President
Why did you start BIAS: I started BIAS with Henry Norris because Bond
lacked any significant cultural engagement with Indigenous Australians. They
were great with scholarships and access but when it came to more support,
which is often needed, it was completely lax. So Henry and I designed a club
that could see average Bondies engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander culture and we wanted to see the perspectives of our fellow students
expand, so they could see past the stereotype and straight into the beauty
that is Indigenous culture.
Where do you hope it leads: I want BIAS to expand beyond Bond and really
get into the local community. We lack major support outside of BUSA and we
want to be able to expand across the Gold Coast so we can make a real
difference. BIAS is a start but I want to see it grow into the hearts of many so
we can all work together for equality, reconciliation and for one great Australia.
Name: Gemma Lloyd
Studying: Bachelor of Tourism and Business Management
Position: Vice President (Education and Development)
Where do you hope BIAS goes in the future: I hope to see BIAS with a large
Bond network and external network also. I hope that we can raise more awareness
of Australia’s Indigenous societies and hopefully make a change by doing all we
can and more to ‘close the gap’.
What do you plan to do for the society: Being on an Indigenous Scholarship I feel I
am already on the right path. By sharing my story to other Indigenous Australians I
hope they can find inspiration in my hard work to gain higher education and enter
the work force. I want to dedicate my time and efforts into closing the gap and
hope to one day see equality in all areas of society.