Category Archives: Diversity

Host UC international students for a Kiwi Summer Day

Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.

This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.

How can you help?

We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.

Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.

If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021.  IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact candice.houghton@canterbury.ac.nz

Thanks for helping to ensure UC’s international student whānau feel supported and connected to our community this summer. You are truly engaging in the UC Values!

Queer Agendas panel with Canterbury University Press author Jack Cottrell – online this Sunday

Going West Festival is going online & that means audiences can join the Queer Agendas panel this Sunday with Canterbury University Press author Jack Cottrell (Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson) – free, koha welcome.

Check out the online festival here: Documented Reality streaming — Going West Writers Festival 
Read more about Jack Cottrell’s book here: Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson, and other very short stories | University of Canterbury.

More information:

Going West Festival’s 26th season moves online for September, offering three freshly curated live conversations with Aotearoa’s finest writers of prose, poetry and culture. The events, which can be accessed from the Festival’s website, are perfectly proportioned bites for lovers of books, words and ideas.

The events will be free, with an option for viewers to pay as they would like.

Sunday 12 September 7.30 pm: Queer Agendas

Mark Beehre’s new book A Queer Existence is composed of beautiful and intimate portraits of queer men born after the Homosexual Law Reform Act passed in 1986. Jack Remiel Cottrell’s debut book Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson features stories from his life as a queer man of that generation. Facilitated by playwright Victor Rodger, they discuss what might now be on the ‘queer agenda’ as we move through the 21st century.

Keep up to date: Equity Review next steps

Thank you to those who have provided their feedback so far in response to the Equity Review findings. Before we moved Alert Levels, the majority of workshops had taken place, including workshops for leaders and managers, open workshops and most of the sessions for student and staff representatives of underserved communities at the University. However, there are still a number of workshops that were postponed due to Alert Levels 4 and 3 restrictions, which has halted the overall process to some extent.

If you (or your students) had registered for the sessions that were postponed, please note that we will be in touch with those affected to advise of a new date and all the information you need to know.

Please remember that if you wanted to attend an open workshop but missed the opportunity to register, you can still email your feedback to equity@canterbury.ac.nz.

The feedback we are gathering will be highly beneficial in completing the Response Plan, and especially in defining a shared understanding of equity. This is a pivotal step in giving effect and meaningful outcome to this work going forward at the University of Canterbury.

As we work through this process, I recommend spending time familiarising yourself with the Organisational Values that have been introduced to UC this year. Embedding these further into your work life will help us build a stronger sense of wellbeing and connection with each other, as we strive to provide a more equitable environment for all people in our community.

He mana tō te tangata | We value people and their differences.

Ngā mihi,
Jessica Maclean

Equity Review Open Workshops full

Thank you to those who have provided their feedback so far in response to the Equity Review findings. Three workshops for managers and leaders have now taken place. Over the rest of August and into early September we have scheduled numerous sessions for student and staff representatives of underserved communities at the University. 

The open staff workshops that are coming up this Friday and next week are now full, however if you wanted to attend but missed the opportunity to register, we encourage you to email your feedback to equity@canterbury.ac.nz. 

The feedback we are gathering will be highly beneficial in completing the Response Plan, and especially in defining a shared understanding of equity. This will be pivotal to give effect and meaningful outcome to this work going forward at the University of Canterbury.

Ngā mihi,

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Jessica Maclean

2021 Women of Influence

The search for 2021 Women of Influence continues! We would like to encourage everyone to nominate an incredible wāhine they know who helps making Aotearoa a better place, especially as we have so many here at UC. 

There are ten award categories that can be entered into, and you have until 16 August to make your nomination. 

The Women of Influence programme is also hosting its annual Speaker Series in July and early August, with breakfast events in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Please find details for the Christchurch Speaker Series here>

These events provide great networking opportunities for your work teams, colleagues and friends with a stellar lineup of speakers and hosts that make for an engaging and thought-provoking morning –  a great way to get out of the office for a couple of hours and come away feeling inspired!

For more about the speaker lineup and to book tickets, as well as more about nominations, visit www.womenofinfluence.co.nz