SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Child Population Health
The Child Population Health Theme (CPHT), within UC’s Child Well-being Research Institute, identifies particular issues evident in the community for children and young people who may not enjoy the legislative or other attentions that could positively determine and impact their lives. Its research aims to create robust, accessible evidence for policy makers to assist them in addressing inequities, and also aims to create an understanding of what may be working well in the lives of children and young people. Professor Schluter, former CPHT Director, and his team of doctoral and post-doctoral students and colleagues focus their research on local (Canterbury region) and national populations. A recent project looked at fluoridation and its impact on oral health in our children in Aotearoa. Current research involves investigating a birth cohort study, which follows Pasifika children growing up in Aotearoa.
The GeoHealth Laboratory is a joint venture between UC and the Ministry of Health. Work focuses upon how the local and national contexts shape health outcomes and health inequalities, making this collaborative work a resource that is unique in the Southern Hemisphere. The team is currently considering how various characteristics of local neighbourhoods influence health outcomes and health-related behaviours. The Lab’s projects include the effect of community resource access (e.g. access to parks, food stores, healthcare provision) on health inequalities; the role of deprivation and rurality in influencing suicide rates; environmental justice and air pollution; and the importance of income inequality and macro-level process on inequalities in life expectancy.
Striving for a More Equitable World
Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at UC, Professor Steven Ratuva, was the recipient of the Society’s 2020 Metge Medal for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community. Professor Ratuva, who was born in Fiji, says his work is inspired by a desire to create an equal, sustainable and humanity-based world. Professor Ratuva led the world’s largest-ever research project on ethnicity – The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity - which involved a global team of about 150 scholars.
Equity and Diversity at UC
UC is committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment for all. Our integrated Equity and Diversity Policy (2020-2021) supports our strategic objectives and obligations in a way that ensures inclusiveness, participation, appreciation, recognition, support, transparency, and a sense of belonging for all students and staff. We are committed to sitting at the forefront of policy practice that removes inappropriate discrimination and provides equitable opportunities. We view diversity as an asset, and actively seek ways to celebrate the diversity of all members of our community.
CSA Equity and Diversity
UC’s Student Association (UCSA) has several committees responsible for giving feedback on students’ needs within the student population to ensure all student voices are heard, which includes any issues surrounding equity and diversity. For example, the UCSA’s International Student Committee, Postgraduate Student Advisory Group, Equity and Well-being Advisory Group, and the Pasifika Advisory Group. UCSA committee members then hold student representation on UC committees to ensure actions and programmes create a greater sense of inclusiveness on campus.
Equity and Diversity Support
UC’s Equity and Disability Service team assists students with disabilities by providing appropriate, disability-related study support services and specialist resources. Te Waka Pakākano is the UC team that includes both Māori and Pasifika support. The UC Māori team fully support and guide ākonga Māori to succeed academically, and encourage personal growth and connection to Māori community and culture. The Pacific Development team offer advice, support structures, events, and programmes for our Pasifika students, including initiatives for Canterbury’s Pasifika community, such as the secondary school outreach programme UCMe XL. UC’s Rainbow Advisor supports our LGBTQIA+ students and staff with assistance on and off campus. A network of staff are available called our Diversity Champions, who are knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Yearly events are hosted in the city, such as the Christchurch Pride Week.