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Racism is no joke

Our UC community is diverse and we want everyone to feel safe on and off campus and free from bullying & discrimination. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been an increase in online and verbal racism towards Asian New Zealanders. Much of this is in the form of jokes and memes which can be hurtful, offensive, and not actually funny. Making jokes might not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to increased hostility, bullying and even physical abuse. 

We all have a responsibility to call out racist content and look out for each other, both online and when out and about. Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we. 

  • Be mindful that not everything you read online is true. 
  • Don’t share racist or xenophobic content 
  • If you see racist content online, or in person, report it. 
  • Address racist humour by explicitly pointing out that racist content isn’t funny or prompt them to self-reflect.
  • Check in with the person on the receiving end to see if they’re ok

If you witness racist behaviour at any time, you can report what you have seen by using the Report It tool or you can ring Security on 0800 823 637.

Find out more from the NZ Human Rights Commission here> 

What’s your story? Have your say on equity, diversity and inclusion at UC

What does equity, diversity and inclusivity mean to you? Please tell us your story and help us on our collective journey towards a more equitable, supportive and inclusive community.

Amokapua Waka Pākākano | Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity, Dr Darryn Russell is currently reviewing UC’s equity responsiveness.

To kickstart the review, we’d like to hear from students and staff about future of equity, diversity and inclusiveness at UC. For students, there’s a prize draw that includes a limited number of UC hoodies and backpacks, to say thank you for filling out the questionnaire.

This research has been approved by the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee (Ref: 2020/106). If you have any questions, please email the project team

Please click here to complete the anonymous online questionnaire.