Meet the schools outreach team

The schools outreach team in front of Waipapa Marae

Jenny Jefferson

Schools Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

Phone: 027 209 7570

Kia ora tātou

I'm excited to take up the challenge of inspiring secondary students to study in the Faculty of Arts, as the manager of the Schools Outreach team and Student Recruitment Specialist. As a BA graduate, a former teacher, and the first in my family to attend university, I am passionate about the value offered by studying in the Arts. Students are given the freedom to pursue their interests whilst honing skills and being encouraged to engage in critical conversations on campus and beyond.

My role includes liaising with individual schools, teachers and students, discovering ways the Faculty of Arts can add value to student learning and success, and providing professional development opportunities for teachers. If you are a student embarking on your Arts journey, or a teacher or careers advisor looking for ways to engage your students or staff with the Faculty and University, please get in touch. I'd love to chat!

Mohi Allen

Kaitakawaenga (Māori and Pacific Schools Outreach and Recruitment Specialist)

Phone: 022 462 8647

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi,
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Mohi Allen tōku ingoa.
He uri nō ngā marae maha o Te Tai Tokerau whānui, nō Ngāi Te Rangi, nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa hoki.

I am honoured to be the Faculty of Arts Kaitakawaenga. I am passionate about this role as it puts me in a position where I am able to engage kanohi-ki-te-kanohi with prospective Māori and Pacific students within schools who are interested in taking up an Arts degree, while offering ongoing support for our tauira

My role is grounded in four core values:

  • Pōwhiri (welcoming our students with open arms)
  • Turangawaewae, tu'u'angavae (providing our students a place to stand)
  • Whakawhanaungatanga, tauhi vaha'a (building, maintaining and nurturing relationships)
  • Manaakitanga (strengthening, encouraging and caring for our students)

I hope to not only reflect these Māori and Pacific values, but to also ensure that tika, pono and aroha (integrity, respect and compassion) are paramount in all aspects of this role.

I want to show Māori and Pacific students that they can stand and succeed as Māori and Pacific at New Zealand's leading university. I see my role as a way of giving back to the community that raised me and inspiring more rangatahi to seek higher education.

Ngā tauwhirotanga a te wāhi ngaro ki runga ki a tātou katoa.

Carrie Rudzinski

Schools Outreach Coordinator


I am excited to be the Schools Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts at University of Auckland. I am a poet, published author and teaching artist who is passionate about creating engaging environments for students to learn and thrive within. I enjoy finding new ways to ensure learning is an interesting experience for students of all ages and am one of those rare people who loves being both an artist and an administrator.

As Schools Outreach Coordinator, I split my time between coordinating the Junior Arts programme, which facilitates workshops for Year Ten students, and assisting Jenny in schools outreach to promote the arts as a tertiary pathway for secondary students.

Originally from the United States, I am grateful to call Aotearoa my home and thrilled to be part of this Schools Outreach team. I have 15 years experience performing and teaching performance poetry in schools around the world and I spent the past four years lecturing in Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. I am passionate about engaging with students and hopefully inspiring them to pursue higher education in the arts.

Caroline Vercoe

Schools Outreach – Academic Lead

Phone: 09 923 7489

I am a Pacific art historian who has been teaching, curating, researching and publishing in the area of contemporary art for over twenty years. I recently completed a three year term as the Associate Dean Students in the Faculty of Arts and during this time began developing programmes in secondary schools to highlight the relevance of BA subjects, and increase students' understanding of exciting career pathways for those studying the Bachelor of Arts.

I am currently teaching courses in global art history and contemporary Pacific art, and working with Arts students involved in the Junior Arts programme, which facilitates workshops with Year Ten students. While the Junior Arts programme is my main focus for schools outreach, I also work closely with Jenny to develop on-campus professional development initiatives for teachers supporting their students' preparation for the New Zealand Scholarship examination.