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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>

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

Unconscious (implicit) bias – some take-outs from the talk

Dr Benjamin D. Reese (Duke University) presented a well-attended and fascinating talk on Dilemmas of our time: Unconscious (implicit) bias and race relations last night, organised by the Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies at UC.

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This topic is especially relevant to us in Christchurch at the moment, as many of us reflect on the nuances of racism and what it might be like to look or sound different to others in our city.

Dr Reese presented findings from his many years of research in implicit bias. He explained how implicit bias, which is below the level of consciousness, is learned early and absorbed from our environment. This is one reason why it is so important to have diversity of role models in our movies, TV shows and other media.

No one can avoid having implicit bias – even Dr Reese shared examples of his own bias, however you can counter it. You can do this by being aware of your own bias, reminding yourself regularly that implicit bias exists, and by exposing yourself to different ideas and different people to broaden your experience.

On an organisational level, leadership is key but everyone can play a part. When an organisation focuses on diversity, it has a noticeable impact, Dr Reese says.

As always, sharing stories and experiences is part of the journey to better understanding and a more accepting world.

Upcoming opportunities for engage with discussions around racism at UC include:

31 July – Looking and Sounding Different with nine UC staff and students discussing their experience and exploring ways to create a more accepting society.

12 August – Whites Engaged in Antiracist Action: Struggles and Coping Mechanisms with Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Counselling at Villanova University, Krista Malott.

 

R-Ladies Christchurch chapter

Greetings from the newly created Christchurch chapter of the R-Ladies global organization! Our mission is to promote gender diversity in the R community via meetups and collaboration. We welcome all gender minorities in STEM, including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, bigender and agender people. We are planning to meet once a month, starting in August.

As a diversity initiative, the mission of R-Ladies is to achieve proportionate representation by encouraging, inspiring, and empowering people of genders currently underrepresented in the R and general STEM community. Our focus, therefore, is on supporting minority gender R enthusiasts to achieve their programming and data science potential. We do this by building a collaborative network of R leaders, mentors, learners, and developers to facilitate individual and collective progress in the chapter.

We are excited to start a local chapter, but first we need to know who you are and what your interests are. Please help us by answering a few quick questions in our start-up survey.

We welcome your input and your suggestions. If you have any comments or questions, or just want to say hi, feel free to contact us at chch@rladies.org, on Twitter @RLadiesChch, and join the Meetup group. Help us reach a wide audience by inviting your peers, mentees and mentors!

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UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinner 2

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinners are social evenings for our mature or adult Pasifika students, who might like to spend time with other adult students and staff.

The dinners are an opportunity for these students and staff to get together, unwind and escape the stress and pressure of exams, research and or writing.

Please note we have no strict definition of what makes a ‘mature’ or ‘adult’ student, so if this feels like it’s for you, come along!

  • What: Old Skool Dinner 2
  • Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Venue: Pacific Lali Room, Te Ao Marama 208, Arts Road, University of Canterbury