STRIKE WITH ENVIRO! 
WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

Telling Your Stories

Get inspired (and learn some practical skills to boot!) with UMSU Creative Arts and UHT’s Telling Your Stories workshop.
Guest speaker Glenn Shea is an Award-winning writer of An Indigenous Trilogy featuring Three Magpies Perched in a Tree, Masterpiece and Some Secrets Should Be Kept Secret.
He is a researcher/curator; his work including the History of Blak Theatre 1967 – 2000 with a one-year exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney). Glenn is the inventor/facilitator of the Indigenous cultural education resource THE STORYTELLER Board Game, which provides knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people, society and culture from a generic and non-political perspective through active learning pathways.
This class will empower you to tell your stories through artistic mediums… and, if you’re game, get them up in front of an audience for our Mudfest arts festival!
 When: Wed 28 April, 3pm-4:30pm | Zoom.
 Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/152245862473
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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Sustainability in Art-Making

Passionate about art and the environment? Join UMSU Creative Arts and UMSU Enviro for eARTh Day to explore how incorporating sustainable strategies can become a fresh source of inspiration in your creative practice.
When: Thurs 22 April, 4-5pm.
Where: Arts Lab, Level 3, Union House
Register here: http://bit.ly/sust-art
This event is being held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.
It’s for Diversity Week, let’s create something beautiful together! Join us on the Concrete Lawn. We’ll bring the chalk, you’ll bring your lovely selves, and together we’ll flood the space with a big, blossoming garden of rainbow chalk handprints to celebrate diversity!  🌸 🏵️
💠 Fri 26th March, 2-4pm | Concrete Lawn.

Arty Party 2021

Start the year with a bang and come along to Arty Party!

The online soiree brought to you by the UMSU Creative Arts & Southbank Departments and supported by Union House Theatre..

Our theme is Cyberpunk. Prizes for best costume and makeup. Guest artist performance. Open mic sesh. Good times galore!

All students from any and all faculties are welcome!

Bust out that bustier and get expressive! See you there!

WHEN: Thursday 4 March 2021 at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM AEST

WHERE: Zoom

TICKETS: This event is free but you must register in order to get the zoom link to join.

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/ArtyParty21

For updates, hit ‘Going’ or ‘Interested’ on the Facebook event

Arty Party Open Mic EOI

Show off your arty skills and feel all the love from your student artist community!
Whether you are an actor, musician, comedian, artist or anything in between, THIS IS FOR YOU!

Sign-up to perform here

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  

Thanks for coming to 2021 Speed Friending with The Host Program! 

Stay in touch by following our Facebook and Instagram to see what other great events we have on throughout the year. 


EVENT LINEUP

Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 

 

Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 

 

Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 

 

People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 

 

Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni. 

 

General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!   

 


The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

 

Beat that face, glue that lace and make them faint! We’re combining with the UMSU Creative Arts Department to bring you a Drag Workshop!

We’re so excited to be supporting a local drag artist and getting you confident with a make-up brush.

Happening Thursday 29th April at 4pm.

The words 'Arts Collective' written in yellow letters on a coral background, with drawn figures of people being creative around it.

 

 

Creative Arts Collective is back online! We’ll see you Thursday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM AEST for some crafts and chats at the link below!

http://unimelb.zoom.us/j/84421923551?pwd=OTBYZGYwV1l6U2RuNlRUc2pCdnBwUT09

SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!

READ ON THROUGH THIS PAGE TO LEARN ABOUT:

  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021

 

Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)

 

25 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.

 

How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  

 

Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.

 

 

Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.