New student leaders are born

More than 70 students from all campuses have embarked on a journey to build leadership skills and serve their community.

Following La Trobe's Leadership Forum, held on 9 May at the Melbourne Campus, they're working together to implement on-campus leadership projects.

FareShare's CEO inspires

Marcus Godinho, CEO of FareShare, kicked off the forum with an inspirational talk. He shared how he morphed from an average person, with no leadership aspirations, into the leader he is today, running a not-for-profit that provides free meals to the hungry and homeless, using donated food.

Students help other students

La Trobe's own Student Trainer, Jarrod Benson, then got students' creative juices flowing.  Through energising and creative-thinking activities, students were motivated to brainstorm the Leadership in Action projects they'll work on over the next three months.

The projects, which all benefit La Trobe's broader student community, include:

  • Using innovative fundraising to provide Equity Scholarships
  • Increasing the amount of green waste composted on the Melbourne campus
  • Encouraging greater communication between domestic and international students
  • Securing donations from the Shepparton community to buy textbooks for students who can't afford them
  • Increasing the number of students, including international, who carpool.

Staff help students

Students won't be going it alone with their projects – staff from a number of departments have offered to mentor them during their leadership journey.

Interested in leadership?

The La Trobe Leadership Program develops leadership capacity for community-minded students.

Applications for the 2014 program have closed.

Express your interest in the 2015 program by emailing

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