Category Archives: Diversity

Open conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

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>

 

New anonymous reporting tool launches on Pink Shirt Day

At UC we want everyone to feel safe on campus and to report any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason.

Today we’ve launched a new anonymous online reporting tool, Report It, to coincide with Pink Shirt Day, the global movement that celebrates diversity, promotes positive relationships and takes a stand against bullying.

Staff and students can use Report It to raise concerns anonymously. We understand you may not always feel comfortable making a formal complaint and would prefer to remain anonymous.

The information provided via Report It will be used to inform future strategies and education initiatives that address behaviour and improve respect and inclusiveness at UC.

Many universities here and overseas already use similar tools and UC has drawn from their experience. A number of UC teams have been consulted about the development of the tool including staff and student representatives from across the University on the Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC).

Bullying or harassment, whether on or off campus, is not okay. Without exception UC will not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination of any kind.

We can all work together to build an even stronger and supportive community for all.

  • More information about the Report It tool is available here>
  • You can find the Report It tool here>
  • You can still make a formal complaint by following the Raise a concern process here>

PINK SHIRT DAY – FRIDAY 17 MAY

Tomorrow it’s Pink Shirt Day! All students and staff are encouraged to wear pink and join the global movement that celebrates diversity, promotes positive relationships and takes a stand against bullying.

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was bullied for wearing pink.

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand the Pink Shirt Day campaign is run by the Mental Health Foundation. Celebrated annually, the campaign is all about creating schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.     

Check out the Pink Shirt Day website here for more information, stories and resources. And don’t forget to wear your pink shirt tomorrow.

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora
Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying

Send us your photos
Show us your pink shirts! Get your team together, take some snaps and email them to communications@canterbury.ac.nz

Launching soon – new online tool for anonymous reporting of harassment, discrimination and bullying

A sense of belonging is an important part of University life. UC is committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich and cooperative environment for everyone. At UC staff and students can expect safe working and learning conditions, free from harassment, bullying or discrimination. People should be treated in a respectful and equitable manner.

There are several important ways in which UC promotes behaviour that reflects our values, which include the Staff Code of Conduct, Student Code of Conduct and UC Raise a concern process.

We understand that for a variety of reasons staff and students may not always feel comfortable making a formal complaint via the Raise a concern process. So, as Professor Cheryl de la Rey Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae advised in a Statement on inclusiveness in March, UC has been working on Report It – a new online reporting tool that staff and students can use to anonymously report harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Report It provides an opportunity for concerns to be raised anonymously. The information provided via Report It will be used to inform future strategies and education initiatives that address behaviour and improve inclusiveness at UC.

Many universities here and overseas already use similar tools and UC has drawn from their experience. A number of UC teams have been consulted about the development of the tool including staff and student representatives from across the University on the Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC).

I encourage everyone to demonstrate inclusiveness through their attitudes and behaviour, to learn from feedback and to work together to build an even stronger and supportive community for all.

Ngā mihi,

Lynn McClelland
Executive Director Student Services and Communications
Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā


More information
Further information, including FAQs, will be provided when the Report It tool is launched on Pink Shirt Day (Friday 17 May), a national initiative to address bullying in Aotearoa New Zealand.

An information session for UC staff about the Report It tool will be held on Monday 13 May. This is an opportunity to hear more about how Report It works and ask questions.

When: Monday 13 May, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Rehua 226 Te Moana

A further information session may be held depending on the level of interest.

Pink Shirt Day
We encourage teams across UC to hold a Pink Shirt Day morning tea on Friday 17 May in staffrooms or other gathering spaces. Send your photos to communications@canterbury.ac.nz and we’ll showcase them in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on 24 May.