Diversity events

Throughout the year AUT organises a number of diversity related events, some of which are listed below.
East meets West

East Meets West: Bridging cultures through music and dance

Join us for a relaxing evening of music, dance, fashion showcase, games and quizzes, and much more. Come and experience a fusion of cultures through creative performances by AUT students from diverse backgrounds.

Date: Friday 24 March 2017
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue: AUT Conference Centre (WA224)
RSVP is essential.

Please send an email message to diversity@aut.ac.nz by Friday 17 March to register

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Diversity Week 2016: Think and Live Outside the Box
1-5 August

AUT, in association with AUTSA is hosting our 3rd Annual Diversity Week. The aim of Diversity Week is to celebrate the richness of our diverse cultures and identities at AUT, and to promote understanding and the inclusion of all students and staff on campus regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, faith, etc.

This year’s theme highlights the fact that young people today are more comfortable to embrace multiple identities and intersectionality, rather than be labelled in a box or follow a set of cultural norms to dictate who they are.

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World Refugee Day

The Refugee experience

AUT hosted an early celebration of World Refugee Day on 20 June to raise awareness and promoted understanding of the ‘lived experiences’ of refugees and their communities in New Zealand.

The event brought together experts from academia, government, industry and refugees themselves to share their insights and experiences. There were visual displays showcasing a number of non-profit organisations working with former refugees and asylum seekers.

The highlight of the event was a mock refugee camp erected by some students which became a talking point.
Intergenerational Migrants

Addressing Intergenerational issues from a Migrant youth and parent perspective

AUT South Campus (MD Conference Centre)
Thursday 19 May 2016
6.30pm - 9pm

The forum, held in association with Shakti Youth, was centred on intergenerational relations and tensions faced by migrant youth and their parents. AUT Professor of Diversity and keynote speaker Edwina Pio explained that intergenerational conflicts in migrant families arise because of the different rates of assimilation. Following which a panel of migrant youth from different ethnic backgrounds shared openly about the profound effects of migration on their relationship with their parents.
asian water safety seminar

Free Asian Water Safety Seminar

Date 23 March
Time 6 -7 pm
WaterSafe Auckland
85 Westhaven Drive, St Mary’s Bay, Auckland

Learn how to keep yourself and others safer in and around water: while crab fishing, rock fishing, boating, swimming at the beach or pool, and around your home or neighbourhood.

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islamic awareness week

AUT Islam Awareness Week 2016, WG201, 11am – 2pm

The theme for this inaugural event is ISLAM: ONE RELIGION, MANY CULTURES.  Come an discover our AUT Muslim community during Islam Awareness Week. There’s a myriad of activities, including an Islamic exhibition, Arabic calligraphy, henna tattooing, a hijab tutorial, Islamic music, food customs and tasting, plus a special lunch time seminar focusing on current issues affecting Muslim communities in NZ and around the world.

Diversity Job Fair 2015 is organised by the Migrant Action Trust and hosted by AUT.

This event is FREE entry and we encourage everyone to register online www.diversityjobfair.co.nz.  For more information see attached schedule

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AUT and AUTSA are jointly hosting our 2nd Annual Diversity Week from 10th-14th August 2015. The theme for this year is Celebrate Diversity in Action: awareness through involvement.

Our emphasis is on increasing responsiveness of AUT community to diversity by providing forums and activities for students and staff to participate and to actively engage with people from diverse backgrounds and multiple identities, as well as to explore diversity issues relating to ethnicity and unconscious bias, disability and sexual identity, friendship and interfaith, etc. 

We have an interesting line up of programmes throughout the week.  Don’t miss out! Click on the attached Diversity Week Flyer to check out what’s happening at Diversity Week!
 africa day  

Celebrating Africa Day

Monday 25 May 2015, 12-2pm, VESBAR
In conjunction with Africa Day, Diversity Office partnered up with AUTSA, AUT African Students Club and Migrant Integration Group to co-host the event to celebrate the diverse African cultures at AUT, and also to promote and connect African students with the club on campus.

Photographs from the Celebration
NZSL Week 2015

New Zealand Sign Language Week: 4 - 10 May 2015

Celebrate. Communicate. Connect is the theme for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week 2015.

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is one of the country’s official languages which is used daily by more than 20,000 New Zealanders. NZSL Week raises awareness about NZ’s Deaf community, and the contribution and colour NZSL brings. It's an occasion for us as a university to celebrate the beauty of NZSL and to promote the culture and language of our Deaf community at AUT.

In celebration of NZSL Week, AUT will be screening the National Anthem in Sign Language (Māori and English) on AUTV across the university. There will be brief NZSL taster classes running throughout the week in the City Campus for those interested in learning some basic sign language.

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 3pm-4pm, WF604
Asia’s international production networks: Will India be the next assembly centre?

AUT Business and Law Students Globally Connected invites you to come and celebrate Diwali with an afternoon tea and a talk by Dr Rahul Sen, Senior Lecturer in Economics.
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22- 26 September 2014
AUT Inaugural Diversity Week

We invite you to join us in a week of celebration and discovery of the diverse cultures, identities, traditions, practices and beliefs in the AUT Community. The theme for the inaugural Diversity Week is “Unity in Diversity: breaking down barriers, fostering a sense of belonging”. Activities will include ethnic food fair, special film screenings, cultural performances, the amazing wheelchair race, global village day, Koanga Jams, photographic exhibition, forums and workshops, etc.

14 May 2014
Stereotypes Today: Beat ‘em or join ‘em?

Around 120 people - AUT students, alumni and other young professionals - gathered at the Sir Paul Reeves Building to explore the topic of cultural stereotypes. This event was sponsored by AUT and organised in partnership with Future Dragonz, New Zealand’s leading Chinese young professionals’ network.

21 March 2014

Race Relations Day marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is celebrated around the world. This year’s theme is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand…te rangi tahi, together we grow” and explores the many different ways of being a New Zealander and focuses on building a healthy society where everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity or cultural background, feels a sense of belonging and connectedness.

In celebration of the occasion, Student Services had a shared morning tea and a display of cultural artefacts from around the world in the WB level 1 reception area.

17 August 2013

Career Hong Kong was hosted by AUT in partnership with the NZ Hong Kong Festival Committee. This annual event aims at promoting Hong Kong as a destination for graduate career opportunities and study exchange. The seminar attracted over a hundred attendees, mostly AUT students.

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