USP Regional Campuses undergo sexual harassment & bullying workshop
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Chair-DEIC Dr. Kedrayate with Campus Director and staff of Lautoka Campus.
A Sexual Harassment and Bullying Awareness workshop was conducted by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) at the Lautoka Campus on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 and at the Labasa Campus on Friday 31 May 2019.
The workshop, which was attended by all support and academic staff at the respective campuses, was facilitated by Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate, the Chair of the DEIC and Ms. Charlotte Taylor, Chair of Gender Working Group.
Earlier this year, the DEIC held an inaugural workshop at the Emalus Campus in Vanuatu for over 30 staff and 50 students. This is part of DEIC’s annual plan in reaching out to all campuses and raising awareness in all levels.
Chair-DEIC Dr. Kedrayate with Campus Director and staff of Labasa Campus
The one day workshop, designed to raise awareness on the Sexual Harassment and Bullying policy and procedure, is aimed at providing a safe and peaceful learning and working environment. One of its many activities is to conduct workshops in all Campuses.
Dr. Pramila Devi, Lautoka Campus Director and Dr. Samuel Bogitini, Labasa Campus Director shared similar sentiments on the importance of having this workshop for staff.
They emphasised its importance in making them aware of what constitutes sexual harassment and bullying and the procedure in place in reporting such incidents.
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.
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