Equity and Diversity Symposium Friday 18 March

Everyone is welcome to attend the Postgraduate equity and diversity symposium Friday 18 March (11am to 12:30pm in College of Business and Law lounge) – refreshments provided from 10.30am please RSVP to catherine.woods@canterbury.ac.nz by today if you are attending.

College of Business and Law’s Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee has organised this symposium to draw attention to lesser know issues associated with diversity management. The event celebrates the post-graduate research  occurring cross the UC campus that has the potential to influence how we understand and manage aspects of diversity (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, culture, bullying, and access to justice).

Our goal is to inspire people to become diversity conscious and work with us to not only make the members of our diverse university community feel like they are welcome and belong at UC but that they can be themselves with confidence because we as a community appreciate who they are, their cultural heritage and how they choose to live their lives. It is a goal we always need to be working towards, not one that we can sit back and confidently say we have achieved.

Presenters and Topics:

Lilly Zhao College of Business and Law Interpreting and Applying Strategies in a Sino-NZ IJV Collaboration
Saman Hassibi College of Business and Law Representation of Gendered Norms in New Zealand Print Media 1950-2015: A Systematic Content Analysis
Khiam Lee College of Business and Law Dynamics of Collaborative Emergency Management : An ASEAN Perspective
Preet Kaur College of Business and Law How does the LGBT community respond to firms using the LGBT agenda in their marketing activities?
Thomas Davies College of Science Infra-humanitarian Aid? Attributing Humanity to those who give International Aid whilst denying humanity to the Recipients
Janelle Coradine College of Business and  Law Every Body Counts. The Security Council And The Gendering of Conflict Discourse. Sexual and Gender Based Violence as a Weapon of War
Mandy Stratford College of Arts The impact of paid parental leave on gender equity in the workplace

UC academic publishes report for the UN

Congratulations to Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward on her recently published report for the United Nations.

Bronwyn was invited to write on how to change behaviours to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals that came into effect on 1 January. In the report she argues that individual actions matter but are not enough on their own, and that the world needs communities, from cities to national governments, committed to changing  priorities to achieve lasting long term effects.

You can read her report here. 

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UC Connect ‘Global refugee crisis: A personal perspective on New Zealand’s role’

The second ever UC Connect is: Global refugee crisis: A personal perspective on New Zealand’s role. 

Date: Wednesday 23 March

Location: C2

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Postgraduate student Abbas Nazari

With the global refugee crisis at its highest level since World War II, there needs to be a public debate about how to handle this urgent crisis.

The international community is bending under the pressure of this massive movement of people, as wealthy countries struggle to integrate the millions of refugees crossing continents and oceans. This has provoked an array of reactions from host countries, ranging from open welcome to far-Right nationalism.

In this UC Connect lecture, Abbas Nazari, a UC Political Science postgraduate student, formerly of Afghanistan, will present his first-hand account of the perilous risks people take reach to a place of refuge. For most Kiwis, the refugee crisis seems literally a distant issue, with many Kiwis gaining their first impressions via social media. This lecture shall also discuss New Zealand’s refugee policy amidst the global response.


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