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Unitec farewells long-standing Diversity Manager

Fri 24 Jun 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Unitec has farewelled a long-standing Equity and Diversity Manager who leaves behind a lasting legacy. DR Matthew Farry Dr Matthew Farry is moving on from his role after seven successful years at the helm. A Unitec spokesperson says “Matthew’s dedication has seen Unitec take huge leaps forwards towards creating inclusive excellence within the tertiary environment. He leaves a legacy that will ensure Unitec continues to thrive in this space over the coming years. “The rainbow community at Unitec appreciates the leadership Matthew has provided, and especially his work increasing the visibility of queer staff and students with his catchphrase “bring your whole self to work”.” Unitec has successfully shown its commitment to the LGBTI communities and is currently the only tertiary provider in Australasia with an ALLY Network that includes both staff and students, and represents a true alliance of queer and straight members. The Network helps create an inclusive environment for diverse genders and sexualities and to date there have been almost 350 allies who have worked or studied at Unitec. In 2014 the tertiary institution introduced the first Trans* Scholarship in New Zealand which is available to gender diverse students studying at Unitec. “Despite moving into a new position at Unitec, Matthew remains deeply committed to the work, and Unitec’s commitment to inclusive excellence also remains strong,” says the spokesperson. Stepping into the role of Equity and Diversity Manager is Sonya Collie who brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge working both with the ALLY Network and on Unitec’s Courageous Conversations About Race programme. This year will also see the roll out of a new gender programme, which will focus on women in leadership and pay parity amongst other issues.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 24th June 2016 - 11:21am

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