We know from SAGE Athena Swan applications that many Australian higher education and research (HER) institutions have strategies in place to improve the attraction, retention and progression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. It got us thinking: wouldn’t be interesting to explore what institutions overseas are doing and thinking in this space for their Indigenous peoples?

In this post, we look at promising initiatives for Indigenous scholars in North America and Aotearoa (New Zealand). First, we must acknowledge that this piece was written from our subject positions as non-Indigenous people. Don’t take our word for what works! When designing initiatives for Indigenous communities (or indeed any equity group), always abide by the golden rule: not about us without us. Partnership and co-design are essential in creating programs that truly respect and meet needs.

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