USP holds inaugural sexual harassment & bullying workshop
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Chair-DEIC and Dean FALE Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate with workshop participants at the Emalus Campus.
An inaugural sexual harassment and bullying awareness workshop was conducted at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Vanuatu from 25 - 26 February, 2019 for staff and students.
This was the result of work done by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC), chaired by Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE).
Ms. Charlotte Taylor, the Chair and Team Leader for Gender Group, successfully conducted the workshop which saw over 30 staff and 50 students attending.
Dr. Kedrayate stated that the University takes a strong stand against sexual harassment and bullying by any staff or student “and these proactive measures in creating awareness through workshops, pamphlets and videos shows the University’s commitment”.
She thanked the new Vice Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia for his support towards DEIC activities.
USP has a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Policy which articulates the University's commitment and legal obligation to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and sexual harassment.
Implemented by the DEIC and to ensure the policy’s effective implementation, it has three working groups - Gender, Disability and Equity.
The Gender Working Group has reviewed the Sexual Harassment and Bullying Policy and has formulated a three-year plan aiming to educate and discuss issues on sexual harassment and bullying in all Campuses with the purpose of educating and creating awareness on the notion of gender and gender discrimination.
The ultimate outcome is to provide a safe and peaceful learning and working environment. One of its many activities is to conduct workshops in all Campuses.
Similar workshops will be held in the main Campuses, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Lautoka and Labasa.
Also in a first for USP, awareness was raised in the first-year orientation programme for students at the Laucala Campus on what sexual harassment and bullying are, including procedures in place to lodge complaints. This was followed through by a workshop with the USPSA Laucala Senate Members.
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