The University of Waikato has appointed a Taskforce to develop a programme of work following an independent review into public claims of racism.
Since the release of the Parata Gardiner Report, work has been underway to establish the Taskforce, which will develop a plan to address the issues raised in the review. Here is where you will find an overview of the work of the Taskforce and its membership, as well as announcements.
Watch Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon present to staff, students and community at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus on Wednesday 19 November, on 'Recognising and Responding to Casual and Systemic Racism'.
Purpose of the Taskforce
- The overall purpose and approach of the Taskforce can be found here.
- The work of this Taskforce is not something that has been tried before nationally or internationally, and it signals the beginning of a voyage towards long-term, intergenerational and sustainable change.
- To that end, members of the Taskforce have been appointed based on their relevant skills, knowledge and experience, and for the range of perspectives they bring to the challenge, rather than on a ‘representational’ basis.
- The members are:
- Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, co-chair
- Professor Alister Jones, co-chair
- Rahui Papa, appointed by King Tūheitia
- Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere, School of Psychology
- Kyla Campbell-Kamariera, Waikato Students’ Union
- Matt Bolger, Waikato Management School
- Professor Mere Berryman, School of Education
- Dr Sayeeda Bano, School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Sianiti Nakabea Bulisala, Pacific Student Success
- Tania Heke, Division of Education
External Advisory Group
- The Taskforce will be supported by an external Advisory Group, bringing together national race relations and tertiary sector expertise, along with international tertiary sector expertise.
- As the Taskforce undertakes its work, staff and student Consultation Groups will be convened to ensure that a broad range of ideas contribute and respond to the plan as it develops.
Terms of Reference
- The Terms of Reference have been developed based on Council’s resolutions following the Parata Gardiner Review and are deliberately broad in nature.
The Taskforce offers the University an exciting challenge and a unique opportunity globally to construct a new and different way of participating in partnership in a University setting.
News and Announcements
You are invited to attend one or more sessions to discuss what works and what doesn’t in relation to current practice and how these activities might look in future. Read More...
The Taskforce is holding sessions with student groups in Hamilton on Thursday 29 October and with staff and students in Tauranga on 4 November. Read More...
University of Waikato Chancellor Sir Anand Satyanand has assured Kiingitanga the University will act on the recommendations of an independent report into claims of structural, systemic and casual racism at the institution. Read More...
The reviewers commissioned to assess public claims of racism at the University of Waikato have presented their final report to the University Council. Read More...