Equity in the News

Equity in the News - April 2018

Equity at Work

Family Violence - It's not OK
Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts of indecent assault (CNN, 27 April) following a hung jury for the same trial in 2017. The judgement against Cosby is being seen as a watershed moment of the #MeToo movement.

The University of Auckland’s Family Violence: It’s not OK project provides, support and information for staff and students affected by family violence.

Contact details for a number of expert organisations can also be found on the Equity Office’s Family Violence: It’s not OK website, including the new Safe to Talk 24/7 helpline launched in April to support people affected by ‘sexual harm’ and sexual violence.
Israel Folau comments 'incredibly dangerous' - Louisa Wall – NZ Herald, 18 April

Wallabies rugby player Israel Folau caused an uproar on Instagram and the media after posting that members of the LGBTI community would “[go to] hell unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.” (sic).

In this article, Labour MP and former Black Fern, Louisa Wall calls Folau’s comments “dangerous for young LGBTI rugby fans.”
The University has Zero Tolerance towards homophobia and supports our LGBTI staff and students.

Infants as young as 17 months expect fairness and equity – UoA News, 27 March

Dr Annette Henderson and Dr Ying Wang from the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology studied 84 infants to find evidence that children as young as 17 months are sensitive to the ideas of distributive justice.

Dr Wang says “These findings demonstrate that infants are ready to learn about fairness and sharing behaviours within the first year and a half of their lives. Finding ways to promote these behaviours early in life could be the key to enhancing fairness and prosocial behaviour in human social groups.” 

Find out about the Equity Office and how we support Māori and Equity groups.

Crossing Divides: Austrian group helps deaf refugees learn sign language – BBC News, 26 April

Austrian organisation Equalizent, based in Vienna, provides courses in sign language and written German for asylum seekers and refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Find out how the University supports students with disabilities and students from refugee backgrounds.

Answer a short survey and be in with a chance to win an iPad!

Over the next couple of weeks, the Equity Office is inviting a sample of  students to participate in a survey, looking at awareness of the University’s disability support services, within our community. This is an important issue for everyone, whether or not you identify as having a disability. So if you receive the survey please complete it!

The survey will be repeated in 2020, and the results assessed to measure any progress or changes from now (2018). We hope there will be some increases in awareness, particularly given the work of the Disability Programme (read about the University Disability Programme here).

The student survey will be launched on 23 April. A staff survey is scheduled to take place later this year.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey! By responding you can enter a draw to win an iPad – the winner will be notified by email.


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


Equity in the News - PDF archives

Below are previous Equity in the News PDFs. Previous listicles can be found here.

Equity in the News - March 2018

Equity in the News - February 2018

December 2017- January 2018

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017