Hello everyone! We’re inviting all students of colour and First Nations students to join us on the online community connections program on discord. This is where we will have weekly zoom sessions in light of the recent public health crisis.

Isolation can be hard, so we’re presenting this as a way for us to stay in touch and to have a platform where we can support each other. There will, of course, be some fun activities and discussions on the representation of People of Colour and First Nations individuals on a variety of media platforms. So whether you love media or just want to have a chat, this place is definitely for you!!

Note: This space is autonomous to People of Colour and First Nations students only.

Join the discord channel here: https://discord.gg/uu4Kvzw

The University of Melbourne Student Union is located in the city of Melbourne, on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and future and acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

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Celeste Liddle is a proud Arrernte woman who first rose to prominence via her blog, Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist. Liddle has written for several publications including Daily Life and The Guardian. She proudly promotes black opinion, feminist opinion and left-wing opinion and is dedicated to offering a counter-narrative to the overwhelming white male right wing opinion presented in the media.

💸FREE EVENT – Just register your interest!
⏰TIME: 3pm
📍WHERE: The Ida Bar, Level 1, Union House, Parkville.
🥕FOOD: There will be light refreshments available.

🌟Register your interest here! http://bit.ly/UMSUwomensday 🌟

This International Womenʻs Day event is run in collaboration by the UMSU Indigenous, People of Colour, and Womenʻs Departments. As the speaker, Celeste Liddle will focus on Indigeneity and Feminism exploring topics such as decolonisation, intersectionality and International Womenʻs Day.

We acknowledge that this event is held on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri tribes of the Kulin Nations, and that sovereignty for this land was never ceded. We’d like to pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We’d also like acknowledge that sexism has disproportionately affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non binary people, and that they should always be at the forefront of our feminist activism.

Mudfest is proud to collaborate with the UMSU Indigenous department to relaunch the sixth edition of their publication, Under Bunjil. Join us in the Ida Bar on Sunday 25 August, 6-9pm, to grab a copy of the magazine and some free food and drink.

All Mudfest venues are wheelchair accessible, service and assistance animals are welcomed. To get in touch about accessibility for this event or for Mudfest in general, contact mudfest2019@gmail.com

Mudfest and UMSU Indigenous acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, learn and celebrate. We pay our respect to their elders past and present, and future. This was and always will be Aboriginal land and sovereignty was never ceded.

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Union House Sleepover

Friday, 23 February
7pm onwards
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Roll up, Roll up!! Grab your dancing shoes, grab your friends and party all night with your soon to be closest 500+ friends!!

UMSU Activities, in conjunction with Welfare, Queer, People of Colour, Disabilities, Clubs and Societies, Women’s, Environments, Media, Creative Arts, Education and Indigenous are joining together to bring you 12 hours of action-packed, humour filled, all round gigantic party!

We kick off with live comedy, live Band and a FREE BBQ dinner from 7pm in the Northest of Courts (North Court).

From 10pm until 7am the following day, Union House is your playground, filled with Student Departments running these activities and lots, lots more!

  • All night Dancefloor
  • All night Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Roaming Silent Disco
  • Environmental Disaster Haunted House
  • All night live Radio Broadcasts and interviews
  • Karaoke
  • Workshops including sewing, crocheting, knitting, and loads more!
  • Midnight Pizza Feast
  • Chocolate, fairy floss and popcorn
  • Public Speakers
  • Slam Poets
  • Live comedy
  • Tours of Union House and its history
  • Chill out zones in the Women’s and Queer Spaces
  • FREE Breakfast + so much more!!

There will be plenty of room to sleep and a cloakroom to store your things while you are busy enjoying yourself, but why sleep really?

There is also all night public transport if the lure of your own bed is too much.

Tickets are only $25 and will be sold at the UMSU Activities Carnival Day Stall. After that, you can pick up remaining tickets at the Union House info desk, or at the UMSU Activities office on Level 1, Union House.

Carnival Day

19 July, 11am-3pm
Concrete Lawn / Union Lawn
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The BIG one! Our opening event for WinterFest and the official welcome back to campus for new and returning students. Say hello in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment, chill spaces and much more. We’re turning Concrete Lawn into a winter wonderland of cosy vibes, free stuff and tasty food.

Carnival runs from 11AM to 3PM, but time’s gonna fly once you see it all; get your free food, see the live entertainment and grab those great giveaways.

If you’re a new student, get the most out of your day by tagging along with one of our Host Program campus tours so you can enjoy the day with a bunch of new friends! Most importantly, get a tour of the University from the people who know it best – our fellow students.

So what’s actually going down at Carnival?

Short answer: a hell of a lot, so make sure you allocate a big chunk of time on this day to fit everything in.

By this we mean to see what’s going on and get acquainted with all the awesome UMSU services that exist. Visit their stalls and have a chat to the friendly department representatives!

When lunchtime comes don’t worry, you’re not going to go hungry amongst the feast of free food that’ll be available on the day! Take your pick: picnics, popcorn, hot soup, fairy floss, herbal tea – and so on and so on. Also get your hands on those awesome giveaways and freebies!

If you’re looking for something more low-key there’s also a smorgasbord of chill spaces to check out: the Rowden White Library pop-up will give you a taste of Melbourne’s coolest pop culture library (located right here in Union House!), the Queer and PoC departments are hosting colouring and badge-making stations, Disabilities are setting up a relaxing chillout space and Enviro will be serving up hot vegan soup!

If you want to sign up for UMSU International’s foodie, snowy or Aussie adventures – make sure you visit their stall to sign up! (Look for the big blue hands)

ALSO – Don’t forget to grab your tickets to the next Union House House Party by UMSU Activities! They’ll be available for purchase for a measly $10.

Why not get to know new friends over a game of giant jenga or connect four? Or else head to the Media marquee to score a cheeky tote and some Farrago magazines.

We’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy amongst all this fun! 

Get keen for our last shindig for first semester!!! Head over to the Student Lounge on the ground floor of Union House for a deadly night. There will be food, drinks, sik beats and more to be announced!!

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This event is hosted by the Indigenous department in conjunction with Environment department at UMSU.

Come along for a screening of Mabo staring Deborah Mailman and Jimi Bani, directed by Rachel Perkins.

Eddie Mabo for those of you who don’t know led the famous land rights movement during the 80’s. Mabo was directly responsible for the over turning of the doctrine of Terra Nullius and his case against the Queensland government shaped Native title as we know it today.

There will be snacks and pizza provided, comfy beanbags and good vibes all round!
The evening will be held in the Joe Napolitano A room, on level 2 of Union House.

You can watch the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVTK7YZQyvQ