Curtis Haas (born in 1997, from Tasmania, and currently residing in Melbourne) was awarded The Allens Scholarship for 2021. He is entering the second year of his Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne, having previously graduated his Bachelor of International Studies at RMIT University in 2019. Curtis is also the first person in his family to attend university.
In terms of community engagement, Curtis is actively involved with Out for Australia, serving as the Deputy Director for Victoria as well as working in the national partnerships team to create visible role models and encourage LGBTIQ+ students and young professionals to bring their best, authentic selves to the workplace. Curtis is also a strong advocate for education and opening opportunities for students, having previously held positions in the International Studies Association and Staff Student Consultative Committee at RMIT, and currently in the MULSS Private Sector Careers team at Melbourne Law School.
Following his studies, Curtis hopes to pursue a career in international commercial law, bringing together his interests in global political economy, Asia studies and human rights in business practice.