International students are authentic global citizens, leaders and innovators in our industry and we have much to learn from them. When it comes to creating services and programs for these individuals, a need for collaboration is obvious. The student’s voice is key to our navigation of an ever-changing multi-dimensional landscape and that voice must be heard in real-time. In recognition of this, La Trobe University has formed a select group of 12 students to co-create its international student services, with a potent focus on providing leadership development not just for its members but for all La Trobe University international students. The group, called International Student Leadership Committee (I-LEAD), provides input on program design and delivery and manages several small projects of its own creation. Outputs are centred on leadership development, wellbeing and social cohesion, with special attention to our domestic/international student potential.
Participants will learn about meaningful involvement of international students in shaping, invigorating and transforming how we engage, communicate, support and celebrate international students. This session will provide participants with an appreciation of the international student voice in international student matters and an example of a successful student leadership model.