Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer
The Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle
Sharlene is an Aboriginal woman, from the Guringai, Gadigal, Wiradjuri and Dhurag nations of NSW. She has a PhD in the Management at the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from University of Newcastle and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership from University of Melbourne. Sharlene is currently enrolled in a Master of Tertiary Education (Management) through the University of Melbourne.
Sharlene is an Aboriginal activist and unionist. She is a member of the First Nations Workers Alliance, holds various elected positions on the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) at a branch and national level. Sharlene is also the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA) and on the board of the Council of Australian Postgraduates Association (CAPA).
As an Aboriginal activist Sharlene is passionate about climate change and the affects climate change has on the earth. The earth is our mother for Aboriginal people, it’s a living being that gives us and breathes life. Sharlene believes we need to ensure that our mother is nurtured so she nurtures us. Collectively we can make change for future generations.