Diversity Week: 10 – 14 August 2015

Great news, Thesislinkers… next week is Diversity Week at AUT!

Every year, Diversity Week celebrates the great variety of students and staff at AUT. It’s about acknowledging and accepting people of all ethnicities, abilities, ages, faiths, sexual orientations and identities.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Diversity in Action: Awareness through Involvement.” Involvement is key – this event is all about participation, and there are dozens of events to take part in.

You can learn sign language, witness Japanese Taiko drumming, do yoga, visit a Global Village, discuss friendship between faiths, watch the legendary mixed ability dancers of the Touch Compass Dance Company, play sports, or even attend a movie marathon. Find the full programme here:

Diversity Week Flyer

The team behind Diversity Week asked a couple of postgraduate students what diversity means to them. Here’s what they had to say.

Here at Thesislink we will be celebrating Diversity Week by posting every day on diversity issues in a research context. Stay tuned for lots of discussion on what diversity means, plus tips on how to ensure that your research is inclusive and respectful.

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink. She has a research background in science and narrative. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. She has previously researched fictional representations of evolution and quantum mechanics. She has taught such diverse texts as Blade Runner and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and her most obscure skill is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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