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Equity Advisory Committee

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Overview


The Vice-Chancellor established the Equity Advisory Committee in late 2013 to develop an over-arching understanding of equity matters arising within the University community, identify associated issues and opportunities, and report on these to the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group.

Terms of Reference


• To act as an approved conduit for receiving and reviewing information and initiating next appropriate steps. The purpose of this would be threefold:

  • to propose/identify pathways for interested groups, staff and students to raise matters pertaining to equity to the highest levels of the institution without constraint or fear of reprisal; 
  • for University management to refer equity related audit findings or questions of concern that require further information gathering;
  • to support compliance with legislative obligations.

• To raise awareness across the University, form communication channels and document existing equity groups.

• To report annually to the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group. Report to document matters brought to the attention of the equity committee, referral actions/response; trend analysis to be developed if themes present regularly.

• To meet a minimum of three times per year for a two year period. At the end of the two year period a review to be undertaken to ascertain the number and type of enquiries received and to produce a discussion document for VCAG regarding value and possible structure for an equity committee moving forward.

 

Membership

  • Convener
  • Division of Commerce representative (nominee of PVC Commerce)
  • Division of Health Sciences representative (nominee of PVC Health Sciences)
  • Division of Humanities representative (nominee of PVC Humanities)
  • Division of Sciences representative (nominee of PVC Sciences)
  • Human Resources representative (nominee of HR Director)
  • Up to 3 nominees of the Vice-Chancellor and/or Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International)
  • 1 nominee from the Maori community nominated by the Vice Chancellor and/or Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Representatives co-opted by the Committee to address specific equity issues

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held approximately four times a year.

Current Membership

NameDepartmentEmail
Professor Christina Hulbe  (Chair)School of Surveyingchristina.hulbe@otago.ac.nz
Professor Rachel Spronken-SmithGraduate Research Schoolrachel.spronken-smith@otago.ac.nz
Dr David GeraghtyPlanning & Fundingdavid.geraghty@otago.ac.nz
Associate Professor Maree ThyneMarketingmaree.thyne@otago.ac.nz
Associate Professor Ruth FitzgeraldAnthropology and Archaeologyruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz
Ms Margaret MorganQuality Advancement Unitmargaret.morgan@otago.ac.nz
Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-FawcettGeographymtf@geography.otago.ac.nz
Associate Professor Louise SignalPublic Health, Wellingtonlouise.signal@otago.ac.nz
Associate Professor Rachel ZajacPsychologyrachel.zajac@otago.ac.nz
Ms Denise LindsayHuman Resourcesdenise.lindsay@otago.ac.nz
Dr Stephen ScottAcademic Divisionsteve.scott@otago.ac.nz
Dr Tasileta TeevalePacific Developmenttasileta.teevale@otago.ac.nz
Ms Julie Dlaskova (Secretary)Human Resourcesjulie.dlaskova@otago.ac.nz