Equity Committee

Meet our Faculty of Science Equity Committee (FoSEC) members, and access minutes and other documents.

Our vision

The Faculty of Science Equity Committee (FoSEC) works towards an inclusive and diverse faculty, where:

  • Staff and students from all backgrounds are valued, supported, and have real and meaningful opportunities for participation and success, without the operation of implicit or explicit bias which can result in discrimination.
  • Māori as tangata whenua, and members of equity groups, are fully represented across students and staff, and have access to environments and resources that will help them to flourish.

The FoSEC facilitates achievement of this vision through the development of initiatives to explore and support equity, diversity and inclusivity considerations, the implementation of policy and practice, and the monitoring and reporting of progress towards the achievement of this vision.

Minutes and documents

Access meeting minutes and other documents on our staff intranet page.

Committee Chair

Associate Professor Frederique Vanholsbeeck

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusivity
Phone: +64 9 923 8881
Email: f.vanholsbeeck@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Associate Professor Vanholsbeeck's profile

Committee members

Miss Josephina Ah Sam

Professional Teaching Fellow
Phone: +64 9 923 5244
Email: j.ahsam@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Miss Josephina Ah Sam's profile

"I'm the representative for the Department of Mathematics. I also represent Pacific students."

Miss Merrion Baker

Student Support Adviser
Phone: +64 9 923 3113
Directory: Miss Merrion Baker's profile

"I'm a representative for the Science Student Centre."

Nina de Jong

Science Students' Association Equity Officer
Email: ndej588@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Mr Shrestaneel (Neel) Narayan

Postgraduate Officer and Vice President of Science Student Association

"I am the representative and voice for the Science Student's Association and Science Student body. Being passionate about Equity and Well-being, I want to work towards a more inclusive, accessible, and safe university environment and community for all students while supporting fellow students to achieve their goal in whatever form it may take. I am dedicated to appreciating individuality and diversity, and I love to hear new ideas and understand new perspectives."

Dr Rebecca Deed

Phone: +64 9 373 7599
Email: rebecca.deed@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Dr Rebecca Deed’s profile 

"I'm the representative for the School of Chemical Sciences. I'm a member of the Rainbow Science Network, and an advocate for Women in Science."

Dr Miro Erkintalo 

Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 5911
Email: m.erkintalo@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Dr Miro Erkintalo's profile  

"I'm a representative for the Department of Physics."

Ms Sonia Fonua

Professional Teaching Fellow

Phone: +64 9 923 9710
Email: s.fonua@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Ms Sonia Fonua's profile

Dr Anne Gaskett

Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 9509
Email: a.gaskett@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Dr Anne Gaskett’s profile  

"I’m a woman in science, and a parent, and I’m the Equity representative for the School of Biological Sciences. I have a particular interest in diversifying the field of ecology, particularly by working towards more inclusive access to undergraduate courses with fieldtrips."

Dr Sina Greenwood

Associate Dean, Pacific
Phone: +64 9 923 8776
Directory: Dr Sina Greenwood's profile

"I'm the Associate Dean for Pacific."

Ms Glenda Haines

Student and Academic Services Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 3494
Email: g.haines@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Ms Glenda Haines’ profile  

"I'm linked to the following constituencies: Women in Leadership programme (member of the working group); Professional Staff Manager's Forum working group; Rainbow Science Network; Faculty of Science Wellbeing Community of Interest; Student Services Community of Practice."

Ms Kate Hannah

Phone: +64 9 923 8716
Email: k.hannah@auckland.ac.nz

"I am Deputy Director, Equity and Inclusion, at Te Pūnaha Matatini, and a historian of science who specialises in women in science, and the culture of science. I’m also a parent, hold dual roles as a  professional staff and academic staff member, and a PhD student. I’m particularly interested in how we re-shape our institutions to be more equitable, accessible and inclusive." 

Dr Yannan Jiang

Senior research fellow
Phone: +64 9 923 4725
Email: y.jiang@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Dr Yannan Jiang's profile

"I am an academic staff member in the Department of Statistics, a senior biostatistician, a woman in science, and a parent. I am interested in health research and teaching, and would like to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive environment in our university and faculty."

Dr Veema Lodhia

Technical team Leader
Phone: +64 9 923 7503
Email: v.lodhia@auckland.ac.nz
Directory: Dr Veema Lodhia’s profile  

"I am the Technical Team Leader so I represent both professional and technical staff. I'm also an early-career researcher and a woman in science, so I represent both of these interests in the Equity Committee."

Miss Alice McSherry

Doctoral candidate
Phone: +64 9 373 7599
Directory: Miss Alice McSherry's profile

"I represent doctoral students."

Dr Elizabeth Peterson

Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 9693
Directory: Dr Elizabeth Peterson's profile

"I'm the representative for the School of Psychology."

Dr Pat Riddle

Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 9 923 7093
Directory: Dr Pat Riddle's profile

"I'm the representative for the School of Computer Science."

Dr Ivana Sequeira

Research Fellow
Email: i.sequeira@auckland.ac.nz

"I represent postdoctoral staff."

Victoria Smith

Research Programme Manager
Phone: +64 9 923 3641
Email: victoria.smith@auckland.ac.nz

"I'm the representative for Research Management within the Faculty, which crosses both the professional and research sphere. As a fellow woman in science, I'd like to contribute to offering a more considered, equitable environment for our Departments, Schools, Faculty and University - from both a professional and academic perspective."