It’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week – a celebration of one of Aotearoa’s official languages. This is a chance to get involved and give signing a go.
Our Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl De La Rey has shared her support for NZSL:
More info about NZSL
You never know when you might need to know a few signs!
Deaf Aotearoa has produced a series of resources for you to start signing, including some Let’s Talk booklets, which show you some basic vocab to use with your whānau, at work or out with your mates.
You can also check out this guide to the NZSL Alphabet so you can start learning how to sign your name:
Are you finding you need someone to talk to or just someone to listen? The UC Chaplains provide pastoral and practical support for students regardless of your background or beliefs.
They are there for you when you need someone to talk to, they offer quiet, meditative spaces, can help you on your spiritual journey or just shout you a coffee.
Since they are independent you can trust them to be impartial and keep things in confidence. They are great listeners and provide expert advice for any problems you bring to them.
The UC Chaplains can also provide support in civic life with leading services and helping with rituals, opening and closing of buildings, memorials and blessings after deaths and blessing of important spaces.
There are currently four Chaplains at UC:
- Spanky Moore (Senior Ecumenical Chaplain)
- Stowe Campbell (Associate Ecumenical Chaplain)
- Father Philip Suelzer (Catholic Chaplain)
- Ibrahim Abdelhalim (Muslim Chaplain)
UC Chaplains are there to be someone who understands who you are and where you come from.
You find the contact details for the Chaplains here and find out more about what they do.
At UC every student should feel happy, welcome, and confident to be themselves. Diversity is an important part of campus life and our differences should be embraced. That’s why UC aims to provide an amazing variety of services to meet the needs of each and every student.
That’s why we have our very own Rainbow Coordinator, Ari Nicholson, to support students.
Ari plays an important role on campus advocating for the University’s LGBTQIA+ community, with the goal of increasing knowledge and visibility for the 15% of UC students who identify as being members of rainbow communities.
Ari provides students with advice, and can help you meet new friends by connecting you with other Rainbow students on campus. If there is any part of your UC experience you would like help with, or just for a chat, pop in and see Ari.
Ari’s office is located on Level 1 of the Forestry building (Room 118) and you can visit between 9 am and 5 pm Monday, and 9am to 2.30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday.
More information about Ari can be found here>
Aside from a dedicated Rainbow Coordinator, UC offers other great resources for the Rainbow Community as it aspires to provide equitable study opportunities.
Students can meet to discuss any concerns with UC Diversity Champions and the UC Health Centre can provide counselling services. More information on Student Care can be found here. The UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team is also always there to help you.
To find out more about the LGBTQIA+ support at UC, click here>