Equity in the News

Equity in the News - November

Equity at Work: Mental Health

How To Create A Workplace That Supports Mental Health – Forbes, 27 November
It is well documented that mental health can have an adverse impact on businesses, with 80% of adults with depression reporting at least some difficulty with work. A recent survey by Peldon Rose found that 72% of employees want employers to champion mental health and wellbeing. Ways that were suggested included offering training to managers, encouraging work-life balance, developing mental health policies, treating people fairly and more.

Learn more about how the University supports the mental health and well-being of its staff

Family Violence: It’s Not OK

Laughing Samoan member speaks out about domestic abuse history – 1 News Now, 6 November
Eteuati Ete has spoken out against family violence, using his and his wife’s experiences. They are now talking at family violence conferences around New Zealand

Learn more about how the University supports the Family Violence: It’s not OK initiative


Twitter has banned misgendering or ‘deadnaming’ transgender people
–The Verge, 27 November
Misgendering or ‘deadnaming’ transgender people has now been prohibited on Twitter. It’s part of a more general rewording of Twitters hateful conduct policy, which now emphasizes the fact that certain groups — including transgender people — are disproportionately targeted with abuse.

Learn more about the University’s Zero Tolerance policy and how the University supports transgender students and staff.

Social Inequality

Zoning out: The boys who cut through school zone inequality - NZ Herald, 25 November
A documentary called In the Zone is set to be released in cinemas around New Zealand. It follows Terrance Wallace, a youth worker from Chicago who has established a unique initiative that allows dozens of Māori and Pacific students to attend two of the top schools in New Zealand

Learn more about how the University supports Māori and Pacific students.

Equity Arts Recommendation

Margaret Atwood to publish a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale – NZ Herald, 29 November
Iconic author Margaret Atwood has announced that she is publishing a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Originally published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale imagined societies ripe with misogyny, oppression and environmental havoc. It has had a resurgence of late due to art imitating life. The sequel is entitled The Testaments and is set for release on September 10, 2019.

PSA: Check that your events are accessible
With preparations underway for Orientation 2019 events, please read the Checklist for hosting inclusive events at the University

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Enhanced systems enable University to collect information about LGBTI and refugee-background students and staff

As part of the University’s commitment to members of our community who are Māori and/or from equity groups, our systems have been enhanced, to allow us to gather information on students and staff who identify as:

  •  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)
  • refugee-background

This will greatly increase our capability to support staff and students from all of the University’s equity groups.

Being able to gather details about whether students or staff identify as Māori or from an equity group helps us to understand the diversity of our communities, and to determine the supports and services we need to provide. It also allows us to monitor the effectiveness of our projects and policies in providing a safe, inclusive and equitable study and work environment.

Students and staff can provide this information when they first register with the University (using the Enterprise Person Registry). They can also do this retrospectively by updating their personal information (update personal information here). Disclosure is voluntary, but more than 600 people have already done so.

The University values the privacy of every individual’s personal information and is committed to the protection of personal information.

Read about the University’s privacy regime

We welcome your feedback. Please contact Terry O’Neill, Director Student Equity: t.oneill@auckland.ac.nz

Other resources
Read the University’s Equity Policy
Find out about the University’s equity groups
Learn about the University and the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi