International Students’ Collective
The International Students’ Collective aims to provide information and assistance to international students. The four main purposes of the International Students’ Collective are: helping international students adapt to their new living environment in Australia; providing information about, and advocating for, international students’ rights on campus; speaking out for international students if they face any difficulties or troubles during their study or social life; and organising events for cultural exchange on campus.
First of all, the International Students’ Collective provides a multicultural communication platform. The main area of activity is the International Student Lounge, which is located on the second floor of Wentworth Building on Darlington campus. The Lounge offers a comfy and safe space for international students from all over the world to interact and communicate with a non-judgmental attitude, exchanging different experiences and ideas. We would like to create a relaxing area for international students and make them feel like home.
Secondly, we provide information to international students about their rights in Australia. Every international student should know what rights they have in Australia. Meanwhile, our Collective will keep fighting for the ‘Fair Fare’ concession travel ticket for international students in New South Wales. In 2015, we would like our international students to be treated fairly in Australia.
Thirdly, we will help international students to speak out if they face any difficulties or troubles during their study in Australia. This includes academic problems, discrimination, and sexual harassment issues. International students shouldn’t be afraid to speak out if they face any difficulties such as these. We would like to help and provide a safe, social and fair study environment for international students. The International Students’ Collective will also work on the sexual harassment issues with Wom*n’s Collective this year.
Finally, we strongly suggest cultural exchange events on campus, such as parties or scavenger hunts during O-Week. Getting international students involved on campus is our responsibility. We also would like to associate with USU cultural societies.
We are going to create a better multicultural environment on campus for both international students and local students this year.