Mumford’s Pride: students partnering with communities
Skalicky, J and Fuglsang, S and Warr Pedersen, K and Pearce, P, Mumford's Pride: students partnering with communities, Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Conference, 2-5 December 2018, Melbourne, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]
Volunteering is a valuable way to enhance the student experience, build students’ employability skills and cultivate civic-minded, global citizens, while at the same time affording benefits to the community. The University of Tasmania identifies volunteering as a key strategic objective through its Student Experience Strategy and provides students with a range of flexible volunteering opportunities both within the University and within local communities. This presentation focuses on one such opportunity - Mumford’s Pride - a student-run and led volunteer program established in 2016 after a call-out from the Vice-Chancellor for students and staff to assist with the community response to the northern Tasmania floods. The Pride was formed with the aim of building an organised, volunteer student taskforce that is trained, equipped and ready to respond to calls for community support, particularly in times of disasters and emergencies. Students register with the program and are invited to engage in a range of volunteering activities. The University supports Mumford’s Pride through enabling effective training and accreditation, and students who achieve specified standards and commit to ongoing training are able to join the emergency volunteering arm of Mumford’s Pride and the University’s crisis response team. Student involvement in the program is recognised formally within the University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Program. This presentation explores the development and operation of Mumford’s Pride since its establishment, and considers the pivotal role it played in bringing the University Community together in the recent Hobart floods which saw the University itself in the midst of an emergency.