Elder in Residence Program

Monash University is proud of its Elder in Residence Program. The Elder in Residence is based within the Yulendj Indigenous Strategy and Engagement team of the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous).

The Elder in Residence provides cultural advice to students, staff and the broader University community. The Elder in Residence also engages across the University to promote Indigenous culture and protocols including the delivery of Acknowledgement to Country at key events. They’re also sought to provide guest lectures and attend important ceremonial obligations within the University community.

Our current Elder in Residence, Aunty Diane (Day-Walker) Singh is a Yorta-Yorta/ Wemba-Wemba elder, with connections to the Taungurung people, a clan within the Eastern Kulin nation.

Aunty Di has been associated with Monash University for close to 30 years, first as a student in the Monash Orientation Scheme for Aborigines (MOSA) as a mature age student. Graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in History and Koorie Studies, Aunty Di later gained a Diploma of Community Studies (Welfare) from Chisholm TAFE.

Aunty Di has had an extensive career in nursing and in various areas of Indigenous education before commencing with Monash University in 2003. Aunty Di is the cultural link and knowledge base for the Office of the PVC (I), as well as the wider Monash community, including staff, current and prospective students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and the many visitors seeking local Indigenous knowledge.

For more information contact:

Aunty Diane Singh
Phone: (03) 9905 4204