Adelaide Law School is delighted that the contributions of two of its students have been recognised in the 2017 Young Achievers’ Awards (SA).
Gulima Wahidi, 20 of Elizabeth East, who arrived in Australia at the age of 9 with no English, is currently completing an LLB at Adelaide Law School and B International Studies in the Faculty of Arts. Gulima was recognised for her advocacy work for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Melbourne. Gulima sees her work for the rights of refugees as advocacy for otherwise voiceless people and as a means of sharing with the larger Australian community their stories and their ambitions for a future in our democracy. As a result she was awarded the $30,000 Len King Scholarship for being a promising student and demonstrating leadership on social justice issues. Gulima was a finalist in the ‘Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award’.
Celine Graham, 29 of Craigmore, is a Narrunga/Kaurna woman who works as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer in addition to studying the LLB at Adelaide Law School. Celine was recognised for playing an active role in developing a food distribution program and research on domestic violence clients and their pets, for participating in numerous community events to raise and promote issues relevant to the Aboriginal Community, and completing previous studies in Family Dispute Resolution. Celine was a finalist in the ‘Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award’.
Professor Melissa de Zwart, Dean of Adelaide Law School, said: “Adelaide Law School offers its warmest congratulations to Gulima and Celine. Their selection as finalists in the 2017 Young Achievers’ Awards is a fitting recognition of their outstanding achievements. Gulima and Celine are very impressive students who reflect the diversity and community engagement of Adelaide Law School.”