Associate Professor Jioji Ravulo has an extensive history in working across greater western Sydney and beyond with diversity and equity groups striving to create sustainable initiatives and resources through meaningful collaborations and partnerships. This has included working with and supporting the NSW Police Force, NSW Justice: Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Education, Mission Australia, the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby Union. Before becoming an academic in 2011 though Western Sydney University, Jioji worked 12 years in the community sector across various roles and areas including youth justice, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, educational engagement and homelessness. Jioji continues to undertake work in clinical private practice to ensure relevance of skills and knowledge that enhance social work teaching, learning and research approaches.
Jioji is the Academic Program Director of the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) course. Joining the University of Wollongong in March 2018 to support and assist the development of this new postgraduate degree; it was first offered on the UOW South Western Sydney (SWS) campus from Semester 2, 2018, and was subsequently delivered on the Wollongong campus from Semester 1, 2019.
Jioji founded Pasifika Achievement To Higher Education (PATHE), an initiative developing vocational and careers aspirations with Pacific communities, which includes working with over 80 Primary and High Schools across NSW. Higher rates of enrolments, retention support and empirical research on how to effectively engage and promote participation in tertiary education has resulted, further enhancing opportunities to have a better insight and understanding in widening participation.
Through his ongoing commitment to decolonise social work education, practice, policy and research, Jioji created the Pacific Islands Field Education (PIFE) project that supports international social work field education placements across the Pacific region, in turn bolstering the inclusion of Indigenous knowledges within social work curriculum, with view to further explore the importance of working more effectively with traditional cultures and practices in a globalised society. Such work has also provided a platform to create a new book published by Routledge, titled “Pacific Social Work: navigating practice, policy and research”. Co-edited and written with colleagues across Oceania, the collection, the first of its kind, profiles the importance of creating appropriate connections with Pacific people across the Islands, and their diaspora living in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe.
Overall, Jioji is passionate about promoting societies that are socially just, providing opportunities for people across all areas of cultural diversity and their differences to be socially included, and contribute to their own families and communities in a beneficial manner. He brings a genuine enthusiasm to creating professional linkages with industry; keen to support creative, collegial and robust relationships that strive to make a positive impact and change.