Leading together: recognising the value of student co-creation and doing it with presence


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.

Learning objectives

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.

Rebecca Hodge, La Trobe University

Senior Coordinator, International Student Services

La Trobe University

Rebecca is the Senior Coordinator, International Student Services at La Trobe University, Bundoora. Rebecca is a proud La Trobe alumnus with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced). Rebecca has worked in higher education in student welfare and behavioural education roles for the past seven years and has been increasingly drawn into the international student space. Rebecca is passionate about working with international students because of the diversity, innovation, and cultural richness they bring to our universities and communities.