Sympathy and love for all Muslim communities
New Zealand aspires to be a place where bigotry and harassment, let alone tragic attacks, do not occur. We support this national aspiration by actively working towards the University being a safe, inclusive and equitable place to study and work.
Supporting our Muslim whānau in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy
University community members can receive and give support in the following ways:
- Health and Counselling are on hand to support students and staff affected. If you have any immediate concerns, we will respond to you as a priority. Email General Manager, University Health and Counselling Services.
- Staff needing support can also contact the Employee Assistance Programme. They can get in touch via email or on their website. Alternatively, they can call 0800 327 669.
- If you witness or experience behaviour that appears dangerous or unsafe, call the Police on 111.
- The Maclaurin Chapel will be open for everyone regardless of religion or beliefs from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The Chapel is a place of quiet reflection and korero, where staff and students can take time out for themselves.
- Non Muslims take time to listen to the perspectives of Muslim people in our media, in the community and on our campuses.
- “Call out” racism and other discrimination including in “jokes”, noting freedom of expression is not an excuse for hate speech, harassment or other forms of discrimination. Promote and use University resources to support staff and students who experience, witness or are concerned about harassment.
- Report objectionable material on social media sites.
- Volunteer to teach former refugees and migrants English. Check out the Red Cross website.
If you have any questions about how the Equity Office can support you, get in touch