Equity-related committees and networks

University Equity Leadership Committee (UELC)

The University Equity Leadership Committee is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and reports to Council.

Terms of Reference

  • Enhance integrated, effective, and efficient equity leadership across the University commensurate with Taumata Teitei and the strategic priorities of the Executive portfolios
  • Provide leadership and accountability for the University's Equity Operational Plan, Equity Policy and related projects
  • Respond to monitoring and reporting on implementation of the University's Equity Operational Plan
  • Respond to advice, recommendations, and requests for guidance from the Equity Action Network
  • Identify where synergies can be harnessed or gaps need to be addressed in improving equity across the University
  • Foster and encourage good practice and innovation in improving equity throughout the University
  • Advise Senate and Council on University equity strategy, policy and progress reporting
  • Ensure the University's statutory and other compliance obligations are met.

Membership

Vice-Chancellor – Chair
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity – Deputy Chair
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori
Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education
AUSA President
Ngā Tauira Māori representative
Director HR
Director Campus Life 

The University Equity Leadership Committee meets at least five times per year and reports twice yearly to Council.


Notes:
a.Conflicts of Interest
Committee members must declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest in line with the requirements of the University’s Conflicts of Interest Policy.
b.Confidentiality
Committee members have a responsibility to treat all information with appropriate confidentiality. This includes matters tabled or discussed at the Committee meetings, as well as any additional issues that are raised outside meetings.

UELC meeting dates 2022:

  • 31 March
  • 9 June
  • 4 August
  • 15 September
  • 27 October

For more information contact Vicki Watson, Manager - Equity v.watson@auckland.ac.nz 

Equity Action Network

The Equity Action Network (EAN) is chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity and reports to the University Equity Leadership Committee.  

Terms of Reference

  • Collaborate on successful and sustainable implementation of the Equity Operational Plan within faculties, LSRIs, and service divisions
  • Share and analyse information from faculties, LSRIs, service divisions, and equity reference groups, to identify common equity issues and potential solutions
  • Advise and make recommendations to the University Equity Leadership Committee on equity strategy, plans, policy, projects and outcomes
  • Share and respond to monitoring and reporting on implementation of the University’s equity strategy, plans, policy and projects
  • Enhance staff and student engagement in achieving equity outcomes
  • Identify and progress opportunities for collaborative cross-university initiatives, to advance equity outcomes.

EAN Membership includes faculty equity committee chairs and representatives from the LSRI's, Service Divisions and the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika.  For more information contact Vicki Watson, Manager - Equity on v.watson@auckland.ac.nz

EAN meeting dates 2022:

  • 3 March
  • 7 April
  • 26 May
  • 7 July
  • 25 August
  • 17 November

LGBTQITakatāpui+ Student and Staff Networks

The LGBTQITakatāpui+ networks are for students and staff who identify with the Rainbow community. This includes those who are trans and gender diverse. 

They are an opportunity for Rainbow students and staff to meet and share information about services, news and events. They also provide a voice for the University's Rainbow community and a record for issues and activities across the University.

Student Rainbow Network

Supported by AUSA's Queer Right Officer and Campus Life, the group will provide rainbow students a chance to socialise with peers and discuss issues affecting rainbow students at the University.  Register by emailing studentrainbownetwork@auckland.ac.nz 

Staff Rainbow Network

If you are a staff member wanting to join the Rainbow Staff Network, please email equity@auckland.ac.nz.  The next staff Rainbow Network meeting is on Thursday 6 October: 1.30pm-3pm.

Staff with Disabilities and Impairments Network

This network offers support and advocacy for staff with disabilities and impairments, including learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities and other disabilities and impairments. We seek to proactively push for change in relation to disabled staff at the University. 

Network meetings via zoom:

September 20th: 12N-1.30pm

November 15th:  12N-1.30pm

To join the email database and register for these meetings, or find out more, contact Professor Virginia Braun, Chair on v.braun@auckland.ac.nz 

Disability Action Plan Reference Group

The Disability Action Plan (DAP) reference group is a vital part of the DAP.  This group will critique progress and gaps, and help inform and provide the workstream owners with feedback throughout the four-year life of the DAP. 

For further information please email equity@auckland.ac.nz.  

Student Equity Stakeholder Group

Established in 2021, this group is made up of University staff members and meets three times per year. Facilitated by the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika, the stakeholder group provides an opportunity for staff members from across the University to engage and discuss a broad range of equity issues for current Māori and equity-group students. The group also has in interest in discussing the removal of barriers that Māori and equity-group students face to studying at the University.

To find out more or to become a member, contact Snr research and policy adviser Lyn O’Neill: lyn.o’neill@auckland.ac.nz.

Meeting dates for 2022:

  • 12 May
  • 10 August
  • 23 November

 

We welcome equity-related networks. 

Please email equity@auckland.ac.nz if you would like your network highlighted.