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            Equity and diversity

            A sense of belonging is an important part of University life

            UC recognises that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of University life and we are committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment for all. Our policies aim to ensure that all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

            All UC students and staff can be assured that without exception the University will not tolerate harassment or racism of any kind. We support institutions, policies and practices that protect and promote individuals on the basis of who they are and what they do, not on the basis of the colour of their skin, their sexuality, religious beliefs or who their parents were.

            Support for Maori students

            As a Māori student at UC, you will have access to a network of support services to help you to succeed in your chosen field of study.

            Support for Pacific students

            UC welcomes new Pacific students from throughout New Zealand and across the Pacific.

            Support for international students

            The Student Care Team is your international student support team.

            Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) students and staff

            Q Canterbury and TEU Rainbow Te Kahukura provide a safe social place for sexuality and gender diverse people to meet.

            Use of preferred names

            If you would like your preferred name to appear on your Student ID card, this change can be requested via UC Security. You can either have your preferred name appear in place of your legal name, or put alongside your legal name in brackets—it is entirely up to you.

            To make this request, please contact Ken McEwan

            UC Diversity Champions

            A UC Diversity champion is someone who is knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Please feel free to contact our diversity champions should you have any questions or issues regarding diversity. They are all very approachable and are keen to hear what you have to say!

            UC is committed to providing equitable work and study opportunities

            UC’s policies and work practices have been developed with the aim of providing equitable work and study opportunities to our staff and students.

            We are committed to increasing the recruitment, appointment, development and retention of individuals from under-represented groups and to reducing and removing barriers to staff and student participation.

            Equity and diversity advisory committee (CEDAC)

            Purpose:

            • Provide advice to Senior Management regarding Equity and Diversity issues.
            • Provide advice regarding amendments Equity and Diversity UC policies.
            • Monitor performance of departments and the University as a whole in Equity and Diversity matters.

            Guidance and advice

            The committee is composed of academic staff, general staff, and UC students. If you have any questions, concerns or would like some advice, please contact Director Student Success, Thomas Koruth (thomas.koruth@canterbury.ac.nz).

            UC Diversity on Intercom

            Te Waka Pākākano – new name for Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific & Equity

            We are pleased to announce the name of the Māori, Pacific and Equity portfolio, led by Dr Darryn Russell.  Formerly known as the Office of the AVC Māori it now includes a focus on Māori, peoples of the Pacific and equity, diversity and inclusiveness. The new names for the unit, and for the AVC position … Continue reading Te Waka Pākākano – new name for Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific & Equity

            The post Te Waka Pākākano – new name for Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific & Equity appeared first on Tū ki te tahi | Stand as one.

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