Category Archives: Diversity

Diversity at UC – this is me.

As part of Diversity Fest 2019 we are exploring what a diverse and inclusive UC community looks like.

This week the UCSA International Rep Kevin Fernando was out and about on campus talking to students about how they are their true self, how they are represented and how they are able to express themselves at UC.

Check out the thoughtful responses of some of our students in the video.

Join the conversation – we want to hear from as many of you as possible, if you missed the chance to share your thoughts, please include them in the comments below.

You can also check out last week’s Diversity at UC clip that highlighted a few facts about the UC community>

Diversity Fest 2019 starts Monday


Diversity Fest (9 September – 11 October) is an opportunity for staff and students to celebrate UC’s diverse community, while exploring how we can further make this a place where we feel we all belong.

There’s a range of events and activities you can get involved in over the next five weeks – see Diversity Fest events here>

Diversity Fest kicks off next week with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week – find out more here.

On Wednesday 11 September check out the International Fashion Showcase, hosted by the University of Canterbury Global Society and UCSA. There’ll be traditional and modern cultural pieces on the runway as well as cultural performances, music, dance and art. Find out more and get your tickets here

He waka eke noa. A canoe on which everyone may embark. 

Meet UC’s new Rainbow Coordinator

Ari Nicholson joined UC a few weeks back as Rainbow Coordinator in the Student Success team.

We had a chat with Ari to find out about what the new role involves, Diversity Fest (which is coming up in September), and all about Ari’s background. Watch here>

Drop in to Ari’s office and say hello. Ari is in the office at the following times:
Monday, 9am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am – 2.30pm
Location – Level 1, Forestry building

Invitation for staff to an open conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

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?