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Lori Parish
Manager - Jumbunna Indigenous Student Services

Lori, a Bundjalung woman who is the eldest of three children of an Aboriginal father and white mother, she dropped out of school in Year 8. With no encouragement from her family to proceed and a gruelling 27 kilometre journey to Macleay District High School in Kempsey that included a three kilometre walk to a ferry, it is no surprise that Lori finished school early. What is surprising is her decision to return to study after having four children.

"I had a burning desire to achieve," Lori said. "My childhood was difficult and I was working through those issues, as well as the hard knocks of being a fair-skinned Indigenous person, who has to go an extra way to be accepted. One of the things behind my decision to go back to school was a passion to break the stereotypical images of Indigenous people."

Lori has attained tertiary qualifications and has an extensive background in Equity and Diversity initiatives, Management and Human Resource practices. Her work history spans some 22 years in positions across State and Federal Public service and the Higher Education sector.

Lori has specialised in the development and implementation of Indigenous Employment Strategies, Mentoring and Support programs for Indigenous staff. In June 2008, Lori commenced work in the role of "Manager" Jumbunna Indigenous Student Services at the University of Technology in Sydney.