Bi-annual alumni gathering 2015

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Aug 18, 2016 - 1:50pm

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Every two years, Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan throws open the doors to her home to bring together alumni from the South Africa field studies program. Between eating delicious food and catching up on news, the alumni enjoy the opportunity to meet participants from other years and network.

This year the event brings the announcement of exciting news. After sixteen years at Monash University, Priya will be leaving the institution at the end of June 2015 and take up a research fellow role at the University of Melbourne. She will continue to work on a big collaborative ARC project that explores and compared indigenous perspectives about how they describe the value of plants in their landscapes.

Priya credits Monash University for allowing her the opportunity to run the field studies program across over a decade.

"I am so glad that both the Deans of the Arts Faculty, Homer Le Grand and Rae Frances, saw the enormous benefit this field-study program would offer for students, and made sure that it was recognised by the university administrators," says Priya.

As she prepares to move on from Monash, Priya has been working with a group of field studies alumni to launch RESEED as a social enterprise and work towards gaining the necessary capital to run programs in 2016.

Priya believes the opportunity they had as students has shaped their passion for field studies, and sparked the formation of RESEED.

"The students who have done the program are really the reason why this has been so successful. RESEED is the product of their passion and commitment," says Priya.

Having run nine field studies programs to South Africa, Priya is keen to build on the established relationships with stakeholders on the ground and continue to make this life-changing field trip available for university students across the world.

Stay tuned for more news about RESEED’s work and upcoming events.




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