Videos of crowds of people walking past homeless or abandoned people in the street are posted online and played in class to pull on our heart strings and to make us consider patterns of human behaviour. While we might see ourselves as far removed from such actions, the reality is, similar situations can also be found within the university context.
Are you looking out for your friends at the Foundry? Do you stand up for your class mates? Would you ask someone who looks upset if they are okay? Do you speak up when someone you know takes a joke too far?
Bystander intervention refers to the awareness, skill and willingness to intervene in a situation where another person needs help. While we do have a no tolerance harassment policy at UC, it is our responsibility as students to do our part in showing others what is and is not acceptable behaviour. The most important things to remember are to ensure your safety, be aware of those around you and that our current actions have future consequences.
At the end of the day, look out for yourself and look out for your friends.
UCSA Equity and Wellbeing Representative
The websites below provide further information on bystander intervention and various training resources:
Mid-term break is an awesome time of year to head out into the New Zealand outdoors and experience gorgeous scenery and adventure.
The Department of Conservation website (DoC) is one of the best places to start planning your trip with awesome ideas of where to go. Click here>
SAFETY – Make sure you spend some time planning your adventure – whether it’s a hike for the day or longer. New Zealand conditions are different from anywhere else in the world. The weather especially can change quite suddenly, which can then change the conditions of the environment around you.
Whether you’re heading out for a day walk or a longer adventure, make sure you tell a trusted contact where you are going and when you will be back, and that they understand that if you are late they should contact New Zealand Police. Do not expect to have cellphone coverage in some rural or mountain areas.
Know before you go
Five things to do before you go>
DoC has also compiled other links and resources on safety and planning your trip, so you can have the best possible adventure out there. Click here>
Are you a new international student to UC? Or are you an international student who has been here a while? Either way UC and the UCSA would love for you to come along and experience an evening just for you.
Come along to the Kiwiana quiz and catch-up for international students on Wednesday 21 March at 7.00pm, in the Engineering Core. There will be a Kiwiana and global themed quiz, refreshments provided and music. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow international students.
Members of the UCSA and other clubs will be there to help out, introduce you to the Kiwi culture and answer any questions you might have! We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for what will be an awesome night. Contact me on email@example.com or come by the UCSA office in the Undercroft if you have any questions, ideas or would like to get involved with all things international at UC.
Your International Rep,
If you would like to know more about the event, check it out and register here, we can’t wait to meet you!