Samara is an Awabakal woman of Worimi and Biripi descent, born in Newcastle and raised in Sydney. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, Samara completed with Distinction, the Masters in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the University of London in 2017.
She graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws. Samara was awarded the John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship from the Law Council of Australia and attended the Global Review Workshop on Youth and Global Citizenship Education in Moldova, 2016.
Samara previously worked at the Department of Education developing and managing programs to enhance early childhood education outcomes for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Samara is also a founding member of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition who aim to mobilise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to drive a new education ecosystem. As Indigenous Education Leader at Aurora Education Foundation, Samara oversees the curriculum development of Aurora's High School Program.
NIYEC Workshop, Facebook post, September 2019
Roberta Sykes scholar to study Masters of human rights in London, UNSW, October 2016
It was great to meet all of the Aurora scholars currently studying [in the UK]. Seeing so many of our own mob studying there makes it feel more like a possible future home.