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Change Champ a passionate advocate for building community

Published:09 December 2019

CQUni Melbourne Change Champ and Master of IT student Chiamaka Ibeme.

Aspiring software developer and CQUniversity student Chiamaka Ibeme knows the importance of being connected.

And it’s community connection that she’s building as an international student in Melbourne, halfway around the world from friends and family back in Nigeria.

The enthusiastic Master of Information Technology student is a Change Champion at CQUni Melbourne, promoting social innovation to her fellow students, and relishing the opportunity to share her passion for community.

“I have always felt it is my responsibility to become active in changing the world for the better,” Chiamaka explained.

“As an international student, I do strive to be involved in my community both locally and globally – and I’m discovering so many ways to contribute!”

Chiamaka was already an active Campus Life Committee (CLC) member when she took on the Change Champ role in mid-2019.

“I believe campus life experience is very important in the development of a student and can help in navigating life beyond study, especially for international students who find themselves re-adapting to new waters,” she said.

So combining the two roles made sense to Chiamaka – and she’s found plenty more opportunities to connect with community since then.

Presenting student workshops as a Change Champ, she worked with Foundation for Young Australians, and began volunteering for its social enterprise, YLab.

“YLab is a global social enterprise that has a team in Western Melbourne, with young people co-designing and co-developing solutions to complex social issues, like unemployment, mental health challenges, homelessness and poverty,” Chiamaka said.

Chiamaka said all of her extra-curricular experience was already helping her problem-solve in her degree, as well as building her confidence, and team spirit.

“Campus life activities have also helped me in networking and creating connections that I believe will end up in future collaborations in my career,” she said.

More importantly, Chiamaka is determined to grow a career that continues to build community, wherever she is in the world.

Read more about Chiamaka's journey in this CQUniLife blog post.