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IEAA Student Life Forum 2024

Connection, Community and Wellbeing
30 Apr 2024 - 02 May 2024, Online
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Students are at the heart of all we do in international education. A positive, holistic experience is not only critical to individual student success, but to the long-term sustainability of international education in Australia.
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IEAA’s Student Life Network supports international education professionals working across all facets of the international student lifecycle. The network brings together like-minded colleagues to identify, discuss and disseminate issues of concern, best practice and innovative solutions to enhancing the international student experience.

Full program and speakers will continue to be updated.

Program

Tuesday 30 April 11:30am - 2:30pm AEST

11:30am Cultural inclusion and the international student experience
12:30pm Culture and Mental Health
1:30pm Meaningful connections: Indigenous culture and international students

 

Thursday 2 May 11:30am - 2:30pm AEST

11:30am  Empowering International Students: An Intercultural Approach to Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This event is led by IEAA ’s Student Life Network.

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Event Speakers

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Chungping Li

PhD Candidate
University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Chunping Li is a PhD candidate in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), specialising in learning analytics, education data mining, and big data analysis with a focus on enhancing student engagement and retention. As an academic tutor in the Bachelor of ICT at UTAS, she leverages her expertise to enhance student learning outcomes. Chunping also serves as an International Student Ambassador for the City of Hobart, advocating for cultural inclusivity and multicultural diversity through various community events. Her exceptional contributions to academia and the community have been recognised with several awards, including the IEEE Technical Community on Learning Technology Student Award in 2022, the Student-nominated Teaching Award, and the UTAS Vice-Chancellor's Community Service Award.

Christian Andrada

Student Ambassador
Kaplan Business School

Chris is a highly enthusiastic professional with almost 12 years of diverse experience within different industries from Hospitality, Contracts, Claims, Insurance, Order Management and Financial Markets. He has been part of leading companies from the said Industries like Accenture Inc., Optum Global Solutions, HCL Technologies and London Stocks Exchange Group. Recently, he is taking up his Masters Degree in Accounting at Kaplan Business School and looking forward to being employed by the top accounting firms here in Perth. Aside from his professional experience, Chris also has a heart for volunteer work, an advocate of Diversity & Inclusion; and considers himself as an Engagement Champion. He is a proud International Student Ambassador for Kaplan Business School and Study Perth

Nhat Minh Nguyen

International Student
UNSW Sydney

Nhat Minh (William) Nguyen is an award-winning international student from Vietnam. William began pursuing his dream of international education at the age of 15 in a NSW government high school. He is currently in his second year, pursuing a double degree in Education and Media Arts at UNSW Sydney. Outside of his studies, he is a strong advocate for diversity and international students, actively engaging with his community. He holds positions as a Student Ambassador for the NSW Department of Education, Undergraduate Student Representative, University Ambassador, and Health & Wellbeing Advocate. William's initiatives focus on advocating for the diverse needs of international students, empowering student leadership, bridging cultural gaps, promoting healthy lifestyles, and fostering diversity. He takes pride in winning the Australian Defence Force Leadership Award and UNSW Student Experience Award, as well as being named in the Top 3 for both the NSW International Student of the Year Award and the NSW Department of Education International Student Award for outstanding leadership and community contribution.

Dr Ashna Basu

Representative, Trainees' Advisory Council
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Ashna is a doctor, speaker, writer and advocate. Her areas of focus are gender equity, mental health, governance and policy, and sexual health. In 2022 and 2023, Ashna has been recognised as the winner of the Australian Medical Association’s Women’s Health Award, a 2022 Finalist for the Doctor in Training of the Year award, and a 2023 Finalist for NSW Young Woman of the Year Award. Ashna is a Psychiatry Trainee in Sydney, and also serves on the RANZCP Committee for Research and the Australasian Psychiatry Editorial Board. Prior to commencing Psychiatry training, she completed two years as a Junior Doctor at Prince of Wales Hospital, where she served as RMOA President and was awarded 2021 JMO of the Year. During the first few years of the COVID pandemic, she authored a state-wide COVID newsletter on Whatsapp, where she summarised relevant news in one easy to digest daily message; this grew to over 1700 subscribers. In 2019, Ashna completed a Master of Health Management while working as a Strategy & Implementation Consultant at UNSW. In this role, she co-wrote UNSW’s inaugural Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy. In the same year, she was selected to attend Harvard Medical School & MIT’s Healthcare Innovation bootcamp. In 2020, Ashna obtained her GAICD through the AICD. She is co-founder and director of PinkSparrow, a governance advisory not-for-profit.

Dr Belle Lim

Senior Manager
MindTribes

Dr. Belle Lim is a recognised advocate, consultant and speaker. She is a Senior Manager at MindTribes, a leading DEI consulting firm specialising in intersectionality. Belle is the founder of Future Forte, an initiative and network for international students that has welcomed more than 2,500 women from around the globe, promoting diverse women and youth leadership in the Asia Pacific region. Belle also served as the National President ‘20/21 at the Council of International Students Australia after serving two years as the National Women's Officer. In the role she represented over 550,000 international students in committees, conferences, board meetings, advisory groups and in the media.

Dr Pranit Anand

Lecturer
UNSW Sydney

Dr Pranit Anand is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Systems and Technology Management at the University of NSW Business School where he teaches various information systems and cybersecurity courses. With over 20 years of higher education teaching experience in Australia and overseas he is passionate about the potential of international education for transformative experiences for students and teachers alike. Pranit designs his own teaching and learning programs that recognise the diversity of all students, and through that enables a more inclusive curriculum. He has also led large scale projects around internationalisation of curriculum and more recently on embedding Indigenous Australian perspectives within international learning experiences for international students.

Joel Keen

Indigenous Academic Associate/PhD Candidate
Australian National University (ANU)

Joel Keen is a Gomeroi scholar and educator. He is actively engaged in protecting and promoting the integrity of Indigenous Knowledges at ANU’s National Centre of Indigenous Genomics [NCIG]. This includes constructing a strength-based Indigenous genomics framework within which Indigenous Knowledges can be safely utilised. With a particular focus on the sociology of knowledge, his Honours thesis established current conceptualisations of racial equality as paradoxical and unachievable in the contemporary colonized societal super-structure. He has published on the necessity of amplifying Indigenous voices and the unrivalled validity of place-based knowledge. His PhD is an extension of this work, performing an interrogation of the Westernised relationship with knowledge.

Dr Dongmei Li

Lecturer and Teaching Specialist, Arts Teaching Innovation, Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne

Dr. Dongmei Li is a lecturer and teaching specialist in diversity and internationalisation at Arts Teaching Innovation, Faculty of Arts. In addition to supporting the Faculty’s internationalisation progress, Mei also provides support and recommendations for academic staff in a range of broader teaching and learning topics, including student engagement, curriculum development, assessment and academic skill development. Mei teaches the Arts Internship subject this year. Mei's research interests include internationalisation of the curriculum, academic professional development, and connecting Indigenous Australian cultures with international students. Mei is currently on an Early Career Research grant investigating students’ perspectives on internationalisation. Mei is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).

Dr Kyra Garson

Intercultural Coordinator
Thompson Rivers University

Kyra is an educator and faculty developer who is passionate about intercultural learning, inclusive pedagogies, and combating discrimination in educational spaces. Her research interests include critical pedagogies, multicultural group work and critical internationalization studies. Her work is committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to action which make repeated calls for “skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism” and specifically call on education in “Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect”. Kyra’s doctoral study entitled “Are we graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011, the Canadian Bureau for International Education selected her to receive the Internationalization Award for her work with faculty to intercuturalize the curriculum. In 2017, she was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award by the British Columbia Council for International Education. In 2020 she received TRU’s Excellence in Interculturalization Award.

Dr Ratih Arruum Listiyandini

Researcher School of Psychology, Faculty of Science
UNSW Sydney

Dr. Ratih Arruum Listiyandini is a clinical psychologist, mental health researcher, and academic from Indonesia. She holds a PhD from the School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney and currently serves as a Research Officer within the same institution. Her PhD project is about developing and evaluating a culturally adapted internet-delivered mindfulness intervention for Indonesian university students experiencing psychological distress. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Indonesia, and prior to embarking on her PhD journey, she has been working as a clinical psychologist and lecturer in her home country at the YARSI University, Indonesia. Ratih has vision to utilize the principles of psychological science for strengthening mental health equity and creating global impacts on positive mental health across diverse groups using scalable intervention, especially for those living in low-resources settings and Low-and-Middle income countries (LMICs).

Dr Linda Yang

Managing Director
Intercultural Development Institute (ICDI)

With over 25 years’ experience working in China, U.K. Ireland and Australia, Linda has extensive experience in delivering intercultural consultancy and training to diverse participants from more than 100 nationalities from higher education and business sectors. Linda is an energetic educator with a PhD in intercultural studies who brings dynamism to every discussion. She works hard to effectively enhance the performance of individuals and teams across disciplines, cultures and borders. Linda is well known for her research-led, engaging training and out-of-the-box thinking. Linda is the Managing Director for the Intercultural Development Institute (ICDI), an research-led and practice-oriented intercultural training and consulting organization based in Perth, WA. Linda is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at College of Business, Murdoch University and Lecturer at Kaplan Business School, Perth.

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IEAA Student Life Forum 2024

Students are at the heart of all we do in international education. A positive, holistic experience is not only critical to individual student success, but to the long-term sustainability of international education in Australia.

IEAA’s Student Life Network supports international education professionals working across all facets of the international student lifecycle. The network brings together like-minded colleagues to identify, discuss and disseminate issues of concern, best practice and innovative solutions to enhancing the international student experience.

Full program and speakers will continue to be updated.

Program

Tuesday 30 April 11:30am - 2:30pm AEST

11:30am Cultural inclusion and the international student experience
12:30pm Culture and Mental Health
1:30pm Meaningful connections: Indigenous culture and international students

 

Thursday 2 May 11:30am - 2:30pm AEST

11:30am  Empowering International Students: An Intercultural Approach to Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This event is led by IEAA ’s Student Life Network.

When
30/04/2024 - 2/05/2024
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Online AUSTRALIA
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