Lord Mayor welcomes ACAP graduate as student ambassador

Posted by Mark Kennedy on 17 April 2019

ACAP student Jessie (Yu) Li was one of 30 international students, who were officially inducted as the City of Sydney’s International Student Leadership Ambassadors (ISLA) at an event at Town Hall on March 13.

The successful candidates for the ISLA program were chosen after an intensive three-stage selection process, including a written application, a practical group assessment and a final interview.

Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, attended the ceremony and was on-hand to provide Jessie with her certificate of appointment in person. 

At the event, Jessie took the opportunity to talk about how her experience as an international student in Sydney had influenced her in her social work studies.

“One of the advantages of studying as an international student in Sydney with ACAP is its cultural diversity,” Jessie said.  

“I am keen on making friends and building my social network with people from different countries.

“Developing cultural competence is one of the most important principles of social work.”

Jessie joins a number of other ACAP alumni to be involved in the ISLA program, including Master of Social Work graduates Christian Mbonu, ISLA 2016-18 Alum, and Frankie Zheng, who has been working on the ISLA program since her 2016 placement with the City of Sydney

ACAP staff were on-hand at the event to congratulate Jessie, including Sydney Campus Student Experience Manager, James Boggs, ACAP’s Industry and Alumni Manager, Meagan Johnson and Social Work lecturers, Assoc. Prof. Goetz Ottmann and Ms Iris Brito.

“As an institution that prides itself on constantly striving to improve the student experience both inside and out of the classroom, we are thrilled to see Jessie recognised in this way – it’s a terrific opportunity for Jessie to apply her ACAP experience within the broader student community,” Mr Boggs said.

A central aspect of the ambassadors’ roles is to provide a voice for the estimated 35,000 international students who have chosen Sydney as the location for their tertiary education.

Duties also include providing support at City of Sydney events such as education forums, orientation weeks and festivals related to cultural diversity.

The honourary role also provides the opportunity to make friends and professional contacts, receive ongoing mentoring from program staff and alumni and an official Program Completion Certificate and reference letter.

Recruitment of the ISLA program was open to all institutions in Sydney, with the 30 successful ambassadors selected from 11 educational institutions. Between them, the ambassadors speak 25 languages and represent 12 different countries.

The ISLA program runs over 18 months, with the next round opening for applications in late 2020. For further inquiries regarding the program, email ISLA@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.