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Xu (Oliver) Cao

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Civil Engineering
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: International Student from China

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? There is nothing more important than our good health! As a member of Health Promotion Student Representative Group, I stand from the perspective of an engineering student, an international student to give constructive suggestions to improve the health and well-being of students from different backgrounds.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)?

  • Casual Student Experience Student Assistant at First Year Engineering Learning Centre (FYELC)
  • Student Ambassador at Engineers Australia
  • EAIT Student Ambassador

What can students chat to you about? Engineering Studies Pressure International Students Support

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St Lucia campus

Sabrina Fu

Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: Chinese/Australian

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Represenative? There are particular obstacles encountered by CALD students in Australia that may hinder them from achieving physical and mental wellbeing, whether they be due to cultural/language barriers or lack of accessibility. As a second-generation Chinese-Australian, this issue hits close to home knowing the struggles my parents faced migrating here. Everyone deserves to feel well holistically, and I'm passionate about improving the support systems available for all.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? LGBTQIA+

What can students chat to you about? PoC/LGBTQIA+ issues, mental health – I am super friendly so you are welcome to chat to me about any concerns with privacy.

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St Lucia campus

Nandu Anu

Bachelor of Business Management
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: Indian

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? I believe that health and wellbeing is quite overlooked in society and especially with university students as it’s the first time for most international students to be balancing work and studies at the same time. Along with that, I’ve experienced how easy it is to just forget about your health and face repercussions later on. So I hope to help nudge more students to be aware of their well-being and do their part to keep their bodies and minds happy and functional.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? UQ International Students Society, BEL Volunteering, UQ Life Casual team, and member in mainly societies the UQ Japanese Exchange, UQ Malaysian Student Association. Previously Undergraduate Representative on the UQ Academic Board.

What can students chat to you about? Students can chat to me about anything relating to international student support and BEL faculty matters, I can connect them to the right people.

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St Lucia campus

Kusumitha Shrinivasan

Master of Biotechnology (Majoring in Agricultural Biotechnology)
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: I am from Bengaluru, India and I speak a variety of languages including Hindi, Tamil, Kannada!

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? I signed up be a UQ Wellbeing Student Advisor as I wanted to contribute actively to bettering the mental health of university students. I felt that this group has the potential to make a significant difference to the UQ student community and help them get better both emotionally and physically. I also enjoy studying about health and wellbeing of human beings and I found that this group has the perfect platform to share my scientific opinions regarding the same.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? I am a General Executive at UQ Biotechnology Society and Student Advisor at the UQ Student Advisory Infrastructure Committee. I am also a Science Leader and a UQ Respect Ambassador! I have volunteered as a Mentor for the UQ Peer Writing Support Program and the Get Set Program. I am also a part of the LeadHers Community at UQ!

What can students chat to you about? Feel free to contact me about any personal or professional issues that you think I may be able to solve. If you are looking for someone to represent your thoughts at the Advisory group table or in any other committee, feel free to reach out to me!

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St Lucia campus

Jingyi (Valentina) Wang

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) 
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: I am from China, been living in Australia since 2016

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? It can be quite challenging sometimes for international students find a sense of belonging overseas and it always takes a long way for us to thrive in a different environment or a different culture. It will be my great pleasure to help more UQers like me live happier and healthier.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? Apart from UQ Wellbeing, I am also a volunteer at Australian Red Cross emergency department, and an international volunteer (travelled to East Africa twice).

What can students chat to you about? Dear UQers could chat to me about how to increase a sense of belonging overseas, how to cope with study stress, finding volunteer opportunities and extra-curriculum research opportunities.

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St Lucia campus

Jia Shiuan

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons)
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: Malaysian

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? Through my role as a student representative for the UQ Wellbeing – Health Promotion Group, I hope to promote work-study-life balance and bring awareness to making well-being a priority while chasing our dreams.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? I am excited to connect with culturally diverse peers to understand what does well-being look like for everyone.

What can students chat to you about? Students can reach out to me to discuss the possible ways to nourish themselves mentally, physically, and socially alongside studying.

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St Lucia campus

Izzy Lovisi

Dual Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Business Management
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: Portuguese, Brazilian

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? Given my own culturally and linguistically diverse background and my desire to give back to the community, I am passionate about improving the health outcomes for CALD students. I signed up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative as I wanted to share my own experiences and help promote a vibrant campus that is inclusive and celebrates the diversity of all students.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? 

  • Member of UQLS
  • Employability Award Participant
  • UQ and UQU Volunteer
  • BEL Buddy Volunteer
  • Women’s Legal Service Volunteer
  • LeadHers Program Participant
  • UQ IML Language student

What can students chat to you about? 

  • Health and well-being needs, including: nutrition and physical health, mental health, reproductive health and cultural connections
  • Information about access to existing support and services
  • Cultural and health promotion activities available at UQ
  • International student support including assistance with academic and local acculturation to make a smooth transition to Australia
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St Lucia campus

Ang Wan Ying (Felicia)

Bachelors of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
UQ Wellbeing Student Representative
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What is your cultural background: Singapore, Chinese

Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? Moving away from home was a rather big decision for me and I found that I did better when I felt better. I saw the importance of taking care of myself not only physically, but mentally, sexually and ensuring that I am eating well. Hence, I wanted to support students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds like me by being a part of an advisory group that helps students lead healthy and productive lives.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? Professional Futures Peer Mentoring Programme (School of Health and Behavioural Sciences)

What can students chat to you about? Anything really! I would love to have a casual chat about healthy eating and physical health, mental health, sexual health or overall wellbeing in general, and hopefully direct you to information that you need.

 

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St Lucia campus

Enaam Alghamdi

PhD candidate, UQ Diamantina institute (UQDI), Cancer Research
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Why did you sign up to be a UQ Wellbeing Student Representative? My goal is to create an inclusive environment at UQ that welcomes students from all backgrounds where they feel happy and healthy.

What representation/groups you are part of across the uni (or more broadly in the community)? As a student representative for UQ Wellbeing, I have been able to work with UQ staff and students to foster a positive, supportive and vibrant community for culturally and linguistically diverse students at UQ. I provide students at UQDI with a safe space to voice their health and wellbeing concerns ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, and opinions are considered and valued.

What can students chat to you about? PhD student experience, UQ Diamantina Institute. I welcome all students from all backgrounds to have a chat to me about health and wellbeing.

 

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St Lucia campus
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Health and Wellbeing