The Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee 

The Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC) supports the University’s quest to create a vibrant, supportive and fair environment for students and staff that celebrates and encourages diversity and creates a sense of belonging for all.


  • To advise the Vice-Chancellor on equity and diversity (E&D) matters relating to members of the University community.
  • To monitor University practices and procedures as they pertain to students and staff to ensure these reflect best practice in relation to inclusiveness, participation, fairness and transparency, and are consistent with the University’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāi Tahu.
  • To actively promote awareness of important issues relating to E&D, and to work with the University in an advisory capacity to find solutions to them. This does not involve addressing or advocating for individual cases of discrimination or disadvantage, but does include advocating for research, process reviews, education and training designed to improve equitable academic and management practices, bicultural competency, being global citizens and supporting events that celebrate diversity.
  • To advocate for policies and practices that enhance the well-being, inclusion, participation, appreciation, fair treatment and support of all groups that comprise the University community.
  • To participate in discussions which have implications for E&D in the University.
  • To ensure information on how to address E&D issues is available to members of the UC community.
  • To advise the wider community and consult where appropriate on E&D issues.

The committee is sponsored by at least one member of the Senior Leadership Team and is chaired by the Director Student Success. The committee meets a minimum of four times a year, and membership and roles are reviewed by the committee every two years. If you would like copies of previous agendas and minutes, please contact the CEDAC Secretary. 

Current Membership

Chair (Interim)

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui (Contact)

Student Representatives

General Staff Representatives

  • Cam Scott - Manager, Equity and Disability Service (Contact)
  • Tracey Robinson - Human Resources (Contact)
  • Riki Welsh - Team Leader, Pacific Development Team (Contact)
  • Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe - Kaiārahi Māori, Service Units (Contact)
  • Steve Gibling - Director, Wellness Services (Contact)
  • Ari Nicholson – Rainbow Coordinator (Contact)

SMT Representatives

  • Lynn McClelland - Executive Director of Student Services & Communication (Contact)

College Representatives:

  • Arts - Annie Potts, Professor, School of Humanities and Creative Arts (Contact)
  • Business & Law – Elizabeth Toomey, Professor, School of Law (Contact)
  • Education, Health and Human Development - Lynda Boyd, Manager Centre for Professional Practice & Partnerships (Contact)
  • Engineering - Aisling O'Sullivan - Civil & Natural Resources Engineering (Contact)
  • Science - Pieter Pelser - Associate Professor, Biological Sciences (Contact)


  • Spanky Moore – UC Chaplaincy (Contact)

Tertiary Education Union Representatives:

  • Richard Green - College of Engineering (Contact)