UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issue for some. It’s important to know that domestic students and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial support via a newly created bursary named Pōhā Iti.
A pōhā is a kelp bag that was used traditionally (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time in order to help sustain them in their studies.
The monetary value of the bursary is $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each, and there are 100 currently available for students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for. For this, applicants must:
- Be a currently enrolled student
- Be a part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
- Be currently in New Zealand
- Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19
For more information about Pōhā Iti and other financial support options available at UC, please visit the financial assistance webpage. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here.
This an open invitation for staff to come along to a conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr that is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 23 July, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm in John Britten 102.
Dr Reese is currently visiting UC from the US and will be talking about topics connected with equity and diversity. More information about the convesation can be found on the Events page.
Note that there’s no strict need to be there from the start time until the very end; any staff who are interested are encouraged to drop in and leave as their schedule permits.
About Dr. Benjamin Reese Jr
Clinical psychologist and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Head of Duke Hospital System. Immediate past president of the US National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Represented both International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations. In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership of issues of race relations and diversity. Specialize in implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, and conflict resolution. More than 45 years’ experience in race relations and diversity and is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, not-for-profit organizations, and the corporate environment.
Description for the public lecture on Thursday 25 July
In spite of our best efforts to treat others in an equitable and fair manner, as humans, we are prone to unconscious racial bias. Life experiences, the media, the influence of peers, etc. can contribute to the development of unconscious and unintended bias. We are often surprised when we exhibit behaviours reflective of negative biases … behaviours that can differ from our conscious, or explicit attitudes. Focused and deliberate strategies hold promise for managing the expression of negative implicit racial biases.
What are some critical lessons for us in the aftermath of Christchurch 15/3?
Staff are invited to attend a public discussion with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.
When: 12.30pm-2.30pm, Tuesday 23 July
Where: John Britten Conference Foyer
Hosted by Professor Steven Ratuva and Professor Philippa Martin, the conversation will pick up on themes related to equity and diversity, race relations and lessons to be learned in the aftermath of 15 March. It will take the format of a discussion between the three, and will include opportunities for questions from the audience.
The event is open to any staff who would like to attend. There’s no need to RSVP, but seating will be limited. Feel free to drop in for just part of the session if your available time is limited.
Dr Reese is a Clinical Psychologist and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Head of Duke Hospital System. He is the former president of the US National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations.
In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded Dr Reese their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership of issues of race relations and diversity. He specialises in implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, and conflict resolution.
He is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, not-for-profit organisations, and the corporate environment.
Dr Reese will also be delivering a public lecture on Thursday 25 July entitled “Dilemmas of our time: Unconscious (implicit) bias and race relations.” More information about that event can be found here>