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Thursdays in Black – not just for students

Thursdays in Black is a global campaign aimed with increasing awareness of sexual violence, consent culture, and positive relationships. Thursdays in Black encourages everyone to wear black every Thursday in solidarity against gender based violence.

Student blogger Ben reflects on efforts on campus to build the Thursday’s in Black campaign for the UC campus community – students and staff.

The 2018 formation of UC’s Thursdays in Black club has led to many events including clothing swaps, discussion panels, and free workshops, keeping its focal message in mind. You can typically find our stalls Thursday’s at the central library’s entrance for free coffee, resources, and conversation. Otherwise, look out for us on Facebook. The on-campus presence of clubs and campaigns such as Thursday’s in Black lies at the heart of UC’s culture, building a community united in diversity.

Kaitlyn White, President of Thursdays in Black @ UC says:

“It’s so important to have a movement like Thursdays in Black that breaks down the taboo of sexual violence and is spreading awareness for what we all can do to end rape culture. To have a campaign like this on campus means that we can firstly spread awareness about what sexual violence is, then take actions within our communities and through working with the university to end sexual violence and promote a safe and fun campus.”

(Thursdays in Black has developed a strong presence on campus. Left to right: Mel Haworth, Abby Robertson, Kaitlyn White, Katrina Hope.)

On-campus societies and campaigns such as Thursdays in Black, the counsellors at the UC Health Centre and those of the Māori Student DevelopmentPacific Development, and Student Care teams are all there for a reason. The safety and security of everyone on campus is paramount.

In the following New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent.

In the following New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent.

You can read more about Thursday’s In Black at UC  in the latest Chronicle on page 22>

UC info on sexual harassment and sexual assault is available here> including information on:

  • consent

  • bystander intervention

  • healthy relationships

  • support

  • report

Vice-Chancellor & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Winners 2018

2018 Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards

Alongside Paul O’Flaherty, Executive Director HR | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata, Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  presented awards to the following recipients at the ceremony on 30 August 2018:

  • Rebecca Hurrell
  • Rebecca Warr and Pamela Glover
  • Naomi Wilde
  • Catherine Woods
  • Jace Carson (who was unable to attend)

Held annually, the awards are a chance for our General Staff to be recognised and rewarded for seeking out exceptional professional development opportunities, such as: visits to other higher educational institutions, staff exchanges, specialised training, conferences and more.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards 2018

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae, presented alongside Steve Hunter, Health and Safety Manager, awards to the following recipients at the awards on 30 August 2018:

  • Mary Watson
  • Library H&S Group (Mushtak Dawood accepted on behalf)
  • Michael Sandridge
  • Charmaine Atherfold, Julie Stafford and Dave MacPherson

The Awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health & Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

Congratulations to all of our winners 

Mental Health Awareness Week – get involved

Student and staff wellbeing is a priority for our UC community and Mental Health Awareness Week from 8 – 14 October encourages us to focus on looking after ourselves.

World Mental Health Day is Wednesday 10 October, and we encourage you to head outdoors and get active. Walking is a great way to improve your mental health and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. The Breeze Walking Festival has a number of walks to choose from including our own UC run, All Right? Amble 2018 

Take the time to visit our Wellbeing Partnership web page. Three UC courses to consider if you have not had the chance are: Growing Personal Resilience 2018, Mental Health & Wellbeing – Awareness for Heads & Managers and Supporting Students in Crisis.

If you are concerned about a friend, colleague or student, ask how they are doing and listen – you don’t need to be an expert. If you are still concerned, suggest they contact a professional service such as their family doctor or the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is a confidential counselling service, paid for by the university, designed for short-term intervention.

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has excellent advice at www.mentalhealth.org.nz.

Students can attend the UC Health Centre or contact Student Care at any time. If you refer a student, check in with them soon afterwards to see how they got on. These sorts of actions show you care, encourages others to get help when needed and helps remove the stigma around mental health.

 

Paul O’Flaherty 
Executive Director Human Resources
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata 

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

                                                                                                              

 

Mental Health Awareness Week Colouring Competition

Are you looking for activities for your children over the school holidays? Encourage your tamariki to get crafty in nature during MHAW and help them experience the joy and wonder of being in nature.

What to do:

  1. Download and print copies of the Mental Health Awareness Week colouring competition to give your tamariki during term 4 or the school holidays.
  2. Head outside into nature and show how you connect with it, what you see, smell and hear. Draw and colour-in what you see. 
  3. Post your entry so it is received before 5pm Friday, 26 October 2018 to: Mental Health Foundation, PO Box 10051, Dominion Rd, Auckland 1446.

Or scan and email entries with the subject line “Colouring Competition Entry”.

We need your help to get UC staff 20% off memberships at CCC Pools/Fitness Centres!

  • Do you have a current membership to CCC pools/fitness centres?
  • Do they know you are UC staff?

Once we have 10 UC staff signed up, we all get 20% off our memberships! All you need to do is email Lou Murray (CCC Rec & Sport Membership Administrator) with your CCC membership number so they can flag you as UC staff. There are already 8 of us, so we just need 2 more people to get the discount. If you are considering becoming a member…read on!

With a multi-membership you can use the pools (including the Swimsmart adult lessons), the fitness centres and the group fitness classes at any of the four CCC Recreation & Sport Centres (Jellie Park, Graham Condon, Pioneer and Taiora QEII). You also receive a free personal programme, which includes a tailored plan to meet your goals, and a free follow-up appointment every 12 weeks.

I am also a member of UC RecCentre and LOVE IT, but find it’s great having a CCC membership as well, because I can use their spas/sauna rooms, pools, and saves money when I want to take the kids swimming during the school holidays. It’s a good option in the weekends because I have a CCC centre close to home. They have flexible payment options too.

Lou has already offered to provide staff some free passes, so you can try before you buy. They are exhibiting at The Fitness Expo on Saturday 6 October at Horncastle Arena where they will have giveaways.

Click here for info about membership options and prices.