NZ Red Cross recognises Equity Office’s work with students from refugee backgrounds

26 July 2016

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New Zealand Red Cross - Rīpeka Whero Aotearoa has recognised the Equity Office – Te Ara Tautika for its work supporting students from refugee backgrounds.

The Equity Office has developed a project to support prospective and current students from refugee backgrounds. This work includes an engagement programme with Auckland secondary schools with high populations of students from refugee backgrounds; alternative pathways via the Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS) and the Tertiary Foundation Certificate; new scholarship opportunities; and ongoing collaboration with AUSA to establish a club for our students from refugee backgrounds.

The award was presented for “going above and beyond in their support of Pathways To Employment (P2E) clients starting full-time study at the University of Auckland”.

The citation noted that the Equity Office has “connected our clients with key staff across the University to expedite admission processes if needed, to get recognition for overseas study, and provide general advice. They have also gone above and beyond to provide pastoral care and assistance to students needing extra support while at the University”.

“We are delighted to accept the award, which reflects a significant amount of work by the Equity Office and a strong, constructive partnership with the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition, NZ Red Cross and Auckland University Students Association, all of which have fully backed our commitment to ensuring the University’s community of students from refugee backgrounds feels welcomed and supported,” says Dr Terry O’Neill, Director – Student Equity.

AUSA Executive Vice-President Rachel Burnett echoes the University’s commitment to supporting students from refugee backgrounds. “AUSA is proud to work alongside the Equity Office in their efforts and very pleased to be assisting a group of passionate students from refugee backgrounds in establishing their own student club,” she says. “It's imperative that those from refugee backgrounds see tertiary education as a beneficial, accessible pathway and the University as a place of social engagement and support.”

For more information visit www.equity.auckland.ac.nz/refugee