Jessica Bennett is a proud Aboriginal woman of the Ngunnawal people’s, and grew up on Wiradjuri country in Albury. Jess is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human rights and Indigenous cultures and histories. Jess is currently the Monash Student Association Indigenous Office Bearer and also works part time as Programs Officer at the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI).
Jess is a passionate about her culture, social justice, education and working with young people. She believes that a strength-based approach, grounded by culture, is the best way to address the inequalities that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to face. She is passionate about working with young people to share their stories and discover their identity as they become the leaders of their community.
Jess is beginning to understand the complexity of the law, and sees particularly how her people are systemically disadvantaged. Her goal is the specialise in criminal and family law, to be able work with young people and their families to reach proper justice and enact therapeutic jurisprudence.