Equity and diversity
A sense of belonging is an important part of University life
UC recognises that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of University life and we are committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment for all. Our policies aim to ensure that all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.
- The Equity and Well-Being Advisory Group helps ensure students have a voice on diversity issues
- See what events our diverse communities are celebrating
Support for Maori students
Support for Pacific students
Support for international students
UC supports LGBTQI+ students and staff with assistance on and off campus, and celebrates sexual and gender diversity on campus.
If you have conflicting priorities to juggle, such as family and work, knowing what support is available for you can help to ensure your success.
UC Diversity Champions
A UC Diversity champion is someone who is knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Please feel free to contact our diversity champions should you have any questions or issues regarding diversity. They are all very approachable and are keen to hear what you have to say!
"Embracing diversity in engaging with others provides a reciprocal learning opportunity which is enriching”
"Prejudice and discrimination are equal opportunity blights – and if you have been on the receiving end of them for whatever reason, you can certainly relate to how people feel on the receiving end of them for other reasons."
UC is committed to providing equitable work and study opportunities
UC’s policies and work practices have been developed with the aim of providing equitable work and study opportunities to our staff and students.
We are committed to increasing the recruitment, appointment, development and retention of individuals from under-represented groups and to reducing and removing barriers to staff and student participation.
Equity and diversity advisory committee (CEDAC)
- Provide advice to Senior Management regarding Equity and Diversity issues.
- Provide advice regarding amendments Equity and Diversity UC policies.
- Monitor performance of departments and the University as a whole in Equity and Diversity matters.
Guidance and advice
The committee is composed of academic staff, general staff, and UC students. If you have any questions, concerns or would like some advice, please contact Acting Director Student Success, Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui (email@example.com).
Details about the CEDAC are available to staff on the intranet - Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC) (staff only).
UC Diversity on Intercom
UC’s Harassment Policy is under review. Staff and students are welcome to provide feedback on the draft Policy before it is updated. Feedback may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00pm on Thursday 3 May. Alternatively, Tim Turnbull and Summer Pringle from HR, along with Julie Pratt from Student Services, will be available to receive feedback […]
A stunning video about the unveiling of Roimata has been released as part of turning the original Cultural Narrative video into a series. Roimata is the name given to a sculpture designed by Māori artist Riki Manuel (Ngāti Porou) to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011. It was unveiled […]
Being safe on campus, in public or in your home is everyone’s right, regardless of your race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, class, disability (visible or not), religious affiliation, political views, or even the way you choose to dress. Thursdays in Black is a national student/whanau movement that works towards a world free of rape and […]
On 15-16 March internationally leading sexuality education researchers and local youth workers are convening at UC to engage with the public to consider what else sexuality education could become at State of the Art: New Directions in Sexuality Education/ Current Social Science Theories In Practice Symposium. Panel presentations and interactive workshops will draw on cutting […]
Oceanic Memory: islands, ecologies, people 30 November – 2 December, 2017 UC Arts, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Nau Mai Haere Mai | Welcome | Afio Mai | Aere Mai | Malo e me’a mai | Fakatalofa atu | Veikidavaki | Fakaalofa lahi atu | Ulu tonu mai Memories are complex, selective, and evolve over time. […]
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