Josh Cubillo is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, who is passionate about sharing Indigenous knowledge and supporting Indigenous students. He is also a Program Manager in the Indigenous Development team within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS).
The Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program is based within MDHS and supports the development of emerging Indigenous leaders in academic, policy, clinical and research roles in higher education institutions, government, health delivery and the community sector.
As an alum of the program, Josh now provides support to Indigenous students pursuing postgraduate study, and works to ensure that Indigenous knowledge is deeply embedded within the diverse curricula offered by MDHS.
As a PhD student, Josh is a recipient of the Lochrie Indigenous Australian Education Scholarship, which supports Indigenous Australian students undertaking the Master of Teaching or, in Josh’s case, research in Indigenous education. Thanks to the generosity of donors, this Scholarship has provided Josh with the freedom to fully embrace his passion for Indigenous education, both within and outside the university framework.
By encouraging widespread learning of Indigenous knowledge, Josh hopes that Indigenous students will feel supported in their endeavours and that a higher level of cultural competency will become the norm.
Both programs have really helped me. If I'm going to be the one providing these types of support to other students, I feel like it's going to help immensely if I’ve already gone through these processes myself. It definitely helps in making the University more diverse and welcoming to Indigenous students by providing that support.
– Josh Cubillo, Melbourne Poche Leadership Fellows Program Alum and Lochrie Indigenous Australian Education Scholarship Recipient