Equity-related committees and networks

Equity Leadership Committee (ELC)

The committee’s role is to ensure aspirational equity goals and enhance the University’s equity achievements.

Terms of Reference are as follows:

  • To enhance integrated, effective and efficient equity leadership across the University
  • To enhance the University of Auckland’s national and international equity leadership
  • To advise Senate and Council on University equity strategy, plans, policy, projects and outcomes
  • To monitor and report on the implementation of the University’s equity strategy, plans, policy, and projects
  • To ensure the University’s statutory and other compliance obligations are met

    2.Equity Leadership Committee membership:
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity), Chair
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement)
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori)
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar
    Two Faculty Deans
    Director (HR)
    University Librarian
    Two members of the Equity Community of Interest
    Two AUSA student representatives, with one in attendance

    3.The Equity Leadership Committee will meet three times per year and report twice yearly to Council.

    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.
    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.

ELC meeting dates 2021:

  • 8 April
  • 5 August
  • 14 October

Equity Community of Interest

The Equity Community of Interest's (ECOI) role is:

  • To increase responsive, integrated, effective, efficient and sustainable equity leadership within and across faculties.
  • To advise and respond to the Equity Leadership Committee on staff and student perspectives on equity strategy, plans, policy, projects and outcomes.
  • To share monitoring and reporting on faculty and service division's implementation of the University’s equity strategy, plans, policy and projects.
  • To enhance staff and student engagement in achieving equity outcomes.
  • To share equity successes, challenges and opportunities. 
  • To identify and progress opportunities for collaborative cross University initiatives, to advance equity outcomes.

ECOI Membership includes representatives from Libaries and Learning Services, Liggins Institute and Auckland Bioengineering Institute, faculty equity committee chairs, AUSA executive, and the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika.

ECOI meeting dates 2021:

  • 4 March
  • 4 May
  • 1 July
  • 21 September

LGBTQITakatāpui+ Student and Staff Network

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

With four meetings a year, they are an opportunity for Rainbow students and staff to meet and share information about services news and events. The network also provides a voice for the University's Rainbow community and a record for issues and activities across the University.....find out when the next meeting is and register

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. To find out more, contact staff equity manager Cathie Walsh.

Disabilities Programme Advisory Group (DPAG)

The advisory group is coordinated, and meetings are chaired, by the Equity Office Te Ara Tautika. There are three meetings per year, with membership comprising University staff and student representatives.  

DPAG plays an important role in identifying barriers and solutions for the success of staff and students with disabilities who work and/or study at the University.

Membership is by invitation only. For further information, contact principal policy adviser Lyn O’Neill: lyn.o’neill@auckland.ac.nz.

Meeting dates in 2021:

  • 11 March
  • 22 July
  • 7 October

Students from a Refugee Background Advisory Group

The advisory group convenes three times per year to discuss relevant issues for students from a refugee background (SRB) and supporting SRB success within the University of Auckland. The SRB cohort continues to grow and makes up a significant proportion of our student population, with more than 800 students having self-identified as SRB as at March 2021.

Membership comprises student representatives, professional and academic staff, and external stakeholders.

Membership is by invitation only. To find out more, contact principal policy adviser Chantal Creese: c.creese@auckland.ac.nz

Meeting dates for 2021:

  • 25 March
  • 29 July
  • 14 October

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 principal policy adviser Lyn O’Neill: lyn.o’neill@auckland.ac.nz.

Meeting dates for 2021:

  • 6 May
  • 26 August
  • 17 November