Chris Sarra

Thursday 20 August 2009.
Chris Sarra.
Photo:QUT Marketing and Communication/Erika Fish.

Chris Sarra is a professor of education at the University of Canberra, a commissioner with the NRL and the founding chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute. He was awarded Queenslander of the Year in 2004, nominated for Australian of the Year in 2011, and named NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2016. He is an internationally recognised Indigenous education specialist, and his development and advocacy of the Stronger Smarter approach has inspired dramatic transformation in schools across Australia.

Chris grew up in Bundaberg, Queensland, and is the youngest of ten children. He experienced firsthand many of the issues faced by Indigenous students throughout their schooling. Encouraged and supported by some teachers and mentors, Chris successfully completed a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and a PhD in Psychology with Murdoch University. His published thesis is titled Strong and Smart: Towards a Pedagogy for Emancipation Education for First Peoples (Routledge, 2014). He has also written an autobiography, Good Morning, Mr Sarra (UQP, 2012).


Celebrating difference

MemoirI’VE EXPERIENCED THE transcendental power of switching from a toxic narrative of low expectations and negative stereotypes to a new one in which we are all strong and smart: young, black and deadly. And I survived the gruelling dynamics...

Beyond victims

Lecture   Listen to ABC Radio National Big Ideas: Broadcast of Griffith Review Annual Lecture by Chris Sarra. Watch ABC TV Big Ideas: Broadcast of Griffith Review Annual Lecture by Chris Sarra. Download the speech as an ebook or pdf Transcript of the 2014 annual Griffith Review Lecture   Delivered 7 August 2014 at...

High expectations

GR OnlineAS AN NRL commissioner, one of my duties was to be at the 2015 Telstra Premiership grand final. It was an epic match – easily one of the best grand finals ever. The Broncos defended their line fiercely and...

Armed for success

EssayIN 1984, I was a seventeen year-old Aboriginal youth just finishing school. I had a Tertiary Entrance score that told me I was average and that I only had the capacity to do some type of agricultural course if...

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