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Accessibility Amazing Race

When: Tuesday 17 March
Where: C Block Lawn
Time: 10.30am-12pm
What it is: 

The accessibility amazing race, part of Diversity Week on campus, is a race with the aim to get around campus as the quickest team with a group of 5 friends. Like the Amazing Race, this too has hurdles and obstacles that need to be cleared in order to win awesome prizes by being the first team to finish at  C block lawn. Finishing teams are also rewarded with a lunch voucher.

Reasons to participate:

It puts you in the shoes of other students, i.e. either you race with crutches or in a wheelchair in order to give you the experience of what it’s like to be someone else on campus, to experience campus from their perspective and simply because of how ridiculously fun it is!

Register your interest by contacting Rose: rose.bolderston@canterbury.ac.nz.

Why I’m attending Diversity Week and why you should too!

Diversity Week is nearly upon us! All the excitement kicks off on Monday. We’ve heard through the grapevine that there’s a few students out there getting excited so today for our final piece from students on diversity at UC, we’ve asked Luke Gillespie and Dan Chan from the UCSA, to share with us their thoughts on the week ahead…

Luke
Diversity Week will mean something different for everyone.. go figure… we’re diverse! But for me personally, I see it as an opportunity to understand how we, as students, can act in a way that includes others, sees things from another’s point of view and how we can show respect for one another regardless of our differences in beliefs or backgrounds. Diversity Week gives all of us the opportunity to reflect and think about who we are and how we engage with others.

I’m attending Diversity Week because this is a week worth celebrating! It’s a time to truly acknowledge and thrive on difference. Too often we stick to what we know – but where’s the fun in that!? This is an opportunity to learn something new, meet someone new and discover something new. Ultimately Diversity Week is special, it’s a first of its kind and so are YOU – that in itself is worth celebrating!

Dan
Nĭ hăo! I’m Dan and here’s why I’m frothing over Diversity Week.

I like to compare diversity to a bag of lollies. Let’s be honest – when choosing what to buy, you’re always drawn to the good ol’ party mix because you know you’re going to get a range of different types and flavours which enhances your experience. The same goes for diversity. A more diverse campus means a more vibrant and interesting place and ultimately enriches the student experience.

Diversity Week is all about celebrating the range of diverse individuals and groups we have on campus. If you’re anything like me, and you love to eat, then you should all head down to the World Market at 11:30am on C-Block lawn next Wednesday! Many of our international clubs will be there to offer you culinary delights from around the world.

I will leave you all with words from one of my favourite artists, Macklemore – “I might not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom ‘til we’re equal, damn right I support it!

Thanks Luke and Dan – see you next week!

P.S check out the Diversity Week Facebook event here to keep up to date on all the events coming your way.

Diversity Week

My day at the Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum!

The other day (Monday 25th) I had a really awesome experience when I attended the Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum as part of their media team. I first heard about this opportunity through an email from the Media and Communications Department at UC, and as soon as I saw it I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

The forum was held at UC, mainly in C Block lecture theatres. On the day I was given control of the NZ Race Relations Twitter page to update throughout the forum with photos, quotes from speakers and information from various talks. I sat right in the front row along with two other UC media students which was  a prime position for capturing photos! Over the day many interesting issues were discussed including:  how employers can embrace diversity, what tools are provided by Immigration New Zealand to help new workers integrate into society, and employment challenges new migrants encounter. Once the forum had ended we were invited to attend an awards ceremony where I had the pleasure of meeting the Governor General, and even the Chancellor of the University, Dr John Wood.

For me this experience was incredibly valuable, as it is in my area of interest (media) and allowed me to make contacts within the industry. My advice for UC students would be to give everything a go as you’ll never know what great chances you could be missing if you don’t try. I highly recommend making the most of opportunities such as this while you attend UC as they are enriching experiences that provide you with great work experience for the future, and are valuable on your CV! Remember to check your emails regularly to see what pops up, and don’t feel shy to ask lecturers and department co-ordinators, as they have the inside knowledge.

If you would like to read more about this year’s Human Rights Commission Forum, or would like to keep a look out for next year’s date, then visit this website (this annual event is free) http://www.hrc.co.nz/race-relations/new-zealand-diversity-forum/