Faculty of IT launches inaugural student ambassador program

In June the Faculty of IT held the welcome event for its first Student Ambassador Program. 26 successful applicants enjoyed lunch, meet-and-greets and speeches from our Dean Professor Ann Nicholson and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor Yolande Strengers.

‘The student experience can be daunting, and the current COVID-19 climate comes with its own unique set of challenges. The personal lens that our student ambassadors bring will provide comprehensive support for our new students while they transition into university,’ said Professor Nicholson.

Our new student ambassadors will participate in key faculty events such as Open Day, and have the opportunity to develop in-demand, industry-applicable skills through event support, content marketing, social media and more.

‘It is the role of the student ambassador to foster a welcoming environment for everyone. The challenges or stereotypes they have encountered themselves as students are all relatable experiences that they can bring to their role,’ said Associate Professor Strengers.

In addition to professional development opportunities, our ambassadors also receive perks to enrich their student life, including a competitive casual hourly rate, a sneak peek into how the faculty operates and the chance to expand their social circles with peers and the wider Monash community.

‘This program is one-of-a-kind. I’ve been a peer mentor, undergone a research scholarship and the Industry-based Learning program, and now the Student Ambassador Program in my final year. Friends have told me that none of their faculties come close to offering the same amount of programs for their students,’ said Jyotin Arora (Bachelor of Computer Science).

We received over 70 applications for the program. The 26 chosen students hail from diverse backgrounds and study pathways, painting a holistic picture of the faculty.

‘I’m from Mauritius where there is no drive for women to pursue a career in IT. I’m excited to be a role model for women IT students while immersing myself more fully into student life too,’ said Michaella Chung Kai Shing (Bachelor of Information Technology).