BISA was formed in May 2012 through the dedication and enthusiasm of two Indonesian language students: Jasmine Chapman and Richard Binney. Their main intention was to form a platform where the students can get together and share their love for the language. Soon after, however, La Trobe University announced major HuSS cuts along with its intention to axe the Indonesian program.
BISA's first project then started with the association working hard to stop this plan:
- ran a petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/la-trobe-university-must-continue-indonesian/
- contacted the media both locally and internationally.
- asked for support from the Indonesian community at a community festival 15 July 2012.
- were interviewed by SBS radio at the Indonesian Food and Trade Festival, Box Hill Town Hall.
- wrote a submission to the University.
They fought with dignity and were rewarded. Their efforts have contributed to the continuation of the Indonesian program at La Trobe University.
Since then BISA has held numerous events alongside the department in promoting the Indonesian program at La Trobe:
- Cultural Day 26 July 2012.
- Festival Indonesia in the Agora 28 August 2012: selling food for Foster Parents Indonesia, teaching people basic greetings, holding an Indonesia arts and craft display at the library, organising games and cultural performances on the lawn.
- Visited Eltham High School: motivating students to continue studying Indonesian at university.
- Asyik Cultural Jam 12 October 2012: participating in traditional Aceh dance at Northcote Town Hall.
- Indonesian Cultural Day 11 April 2013: performing gamelan orchestra at the Agora and selling food.
- Giving testimonials in a promotional CD sent to schools in Victoria 12 November 2012.
- Visited Somervile Secondary School 26 July 2013: sharing experience studying at uni, organising language games, mentoring Year 12 for exam preparation.
- Trivia Night 22 October 2013: raising $1,658 for Foster Parents Indonesia.
- Harmony Day April 2014: sharing Indonesian food and culture in the Agora.
For members, BISA regularly holds:
- Conversation Club in collaboration with KiLAT (The Indonesian Community at La Trobe)
- Movie screenings
- Dinners at Indonesian restaurants where all levels get to know each other and try Indonesian food
- information sharing regarding scholarships, talks, community events via their Facebook page
BISA also supports other clubs such as the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association and the Australian Chinese Youth Association.
Find them on Facebook