Clemente Australia Anthology- Shifting Perspectives

On Thursday, 6 July 2017 Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers hosted the launch of an anthology of poetry, prose and artwork authored by the students involved in the Australian Catholic University's Clemente program.

The Clemente program extends a chance to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and marginalised members of society, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, to engage in university study. Carroll & O'Dea has provided tutors to various Clemente students for each academic year since 2009.

The students initially complete a qualifying program and, if successful, enrol with Australian Catholic University at no cost. The students chose from a variety of subjects in the humanities disciplines, taught using a method focused upon discussion-based learning with small class sizes. Those students that successfully complete four units are awarded a Certificate in Liberal Studies by the University.

A number of our solicitors and law clerks provide one hour a week one on one at Carroll & O'Dea offices tutoring the students, and assist them to complete their coursework and to develop strategies for organisation, time management, managing reading lists, research, timely assignment preparation and engagement with their studies in a more meaningful way.

At the anthology launch, some former students read from their work, much of it deeply imbued by their own life journeys and insight.

Mr David Malouf, whose novel "Remembering Babylon" is a set work, explained how an outsider need not fear his difference but share it and educate others. Mr David Malouf spoke about the importance of the Clemente programme and the hugely positive impact the program can have for participants, particularly in terms of their longer term career and educational prospects.