The Belonging Project is driven by an academic lead team and a project implementation team.
Academic lead team
In her role within the School of Media and Communication, Bronwyn is researching and reviewing best-practice models of selection and retention of students in line with her study and experience as a Program Director and Selection Officer in the College of Design and Social Context. Bronwyn has also been involved with RMIT's Equity Database Implementation as an advisor and database tester.
Bronwyn's professional background is as a graphic designer, where she sat on the AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) council as the Communications Manager.
Bronwyn has been involved in offshore teaching for more than 11 years, most currently with the delivery of the Communication Design Program in Singapore, delivered in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). Bronwyn is also an advisor on the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority review of Year 13 programs and assessment models, and how this experience transitions into Higher Education.
Prior to undertaking a role as Program Director, Rachel was the Media program's Selection Officer and Careers Officer. She has also received a number of teaching awards.
Rachel's professional background is as a media practitioner, and she has been teaching within the higher education sector for 18 years, specialising in the Screen Production discipline. She is currently teaching media production and applied research in the School of Media and Communication.
Rachel's current research includes archiving, memory and representations of trauma. She served as the President of the peak discipline body ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association) from 2010 to 2011, and she currently holds the position of National Secretary.
Project implementation team
Dr Natalie Araujo, Research Officer
Natalie was most recently employed in the Institute for Koorie Education at Deakin University and has previously worked as a sessional staff member at La Trobe University, Monash University, University of Manchester (UK) and Mount Holyoke College (USA).
She has completed a PhD in Social Anthropology, Juris Doctor in Law, MA in Latin American Cultural Studies, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Latin American Studies. Her research interests include: cosmopolitan narratives of belonging; cultural and creative representations of race and ethnicity; gender and embodiment; the cultural construction of childhood; migration and mobility; storytelling; and trauma and memory.
Laetitia Shand, Project Officer (October – December 2014)
Laetitia is a professional manager in communications, arts, design and academia. From a background in commercial product marketing, she has since worked extensively in academic research management. From 2011 to 2013 she was Project Manager for the Circus Oz Living Archive ARC Linkage Project at RMIT University. She has recently co-edited RMIT Design Research Institute’s six-year retrospective publication RMIT Design Research Institute Designs on the Future (Melbourne Books 2014).
Previous team members
Associate Professor David Carlin
David was Program Director, Media from 2009 to 2010 and is now a researcher, creative practitioner and teacher working in the fields of creative writing, media and interdisciplinary communication research projects.
David's professional background is as a writer, director and producer in film, theatre and circus.
He currently teaches an undergraduate course in Literary Non-fiction, and a lab in the School of Media and Communication's Honours program.
Dr Lucy Morieson, Consultant Research Officer
Lucy graduated from RMIT’s Journalism program before working as a researcher and reporter, most notably at online news publication Crikey. Inspired by her work in the world of online publishing, she returned to RMIT to complete her PhD on the political development of online journalism in Australia. While pursuing her PhD research, she also taught extensively across a range of courses and programs in RMIT’s School of Media and Communication.
Her current role provides an opportunity to combine the writing and interviewing experience developed as a journalist and researcher with the insights into the student experience gained through her teaching work.
Karli Lukas, Project Officer
Karli's current role enables her to combine the research, writing, interviewing, project management and video production skills she developed in the film and television industries with her extensive higher education experience.
As both an Academic Services Officer and graduate of the School of Media and Communication, Karli brings unique analytical and holistic perspectives to the project. Her extensive knowledge of RMIT staff networks and processes further enables her to contribute to position papers and represent the project lead team on various working parties.