OUSA Diversity Week is an annual event aimed at raising awareness and visibility of sex, sexuality and gender diversity on campus. Brought to you by the OUSA Queer Support Coordinator and UniQ, it runs from 3rd to the 9th of April.
Monday 3 April
> 3pm – 5pm, Evison Lounge, OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre
SPACE Chat is a drop in session for Queer and Questioning students, so you can come and go as needed. Join our peer supporters for tea and a chat, play a game of cards with friends or read a book from our resource library. This space is yours!
So that people feel comfortable to ask questions and talk about personal experiences we ask that everyone to respect principals of confidentiality and privacy.
Tuesday 4 April
> 6pm – 8.30pm, UOCE Gymnasium Dance Studio G02
Taught by an accredited member of The Women’s Self Defence Network — Wāhine Toa.
To register contact:
This taster course provides a fun, supportive space for sharing ideas and suggestions (rather than a list of do’s and don’ts) for dealing with a range of situations from strangers in public, to people we know indoors and in relationships. Based on research about what works, you will learn a range of techniques designed to be used against an attacker who is bigger and stronger: How to break free from holds in ways which don’t require a lot of strength; how to target vulnerable spots on the attacker’s body that you can hit if necessary; and some verbal strategies for staying safe and empowered too.
No experience needed. All members of the rainbow community of all abilities and genders (15yrs+) are warmly welcome.
Wednesday 5 April
> 12 – 12.50pm, Room 5, OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre
SPACE Seminar is open to all students and staff, queer, questioning and queer friendly. Our guest speaker for diversity week is Brighid Morgan, presenting on the ‘Unphased Project’.
Brighid Morgan is a bisexual student, writer, Youtube content creator and part-time activist. The Unphased Project, her main creative output, is a Dunedin-based series of video interviews that aim to celebrate the diversity of bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, demisexual, asexual and other non-monosexual queer people, in New Zealand and beyond.
> 6.30pm, Main Union Common Room
A 20x20 style presentation event inspired by pecha kucha. Supper provided!
A diverse range of speakers presenting 20 images, each for 20 seconds, on the theme 'Inclusive Living'. Diversity Week, formally known as Queer Awareness Week, is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of Queer Identities on Campus. BUT Diversity can mean many things, therefore our Inclusive Living evening aims to bring people together that is inclusive of but not exclusive to the LGBTIAQ community on campus.
Thursday 6 April
Queerest Tea Party
> 12pm - 2pm, Main Union Common Room
You’re invited to attend a high tea with OUSA Queer Support.
There’ll be delicious cakes and slices, and a cup cake decorating competition!
Friday 7 April
Swing Dance Workshop
>12pm – 2pm, Exercise Studio, OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre
First hour - structured lesson, Second hour – social dancing
Taught by Swing Riot, Dunedin www.swingriot.com/
Swing Riot is made up of a bunch of passionate dancers working together to grow Aotearoa New Zealand’s southern-most vintage and swing dance community! We partner with the OUSA Vintage and Swing Dance Society to run social dance and teaching events throughout the year in Dunedin. Sharing the joy of dancing is our biggest passion. If you’ve never tried it, then we’d love to have the first dance!
> 7pm, Main Union Common Room
Teams of up to 6 people and $5 per person, doors open 7:00pm with the quiz starting at 7:30pm.
Come show your knowledge from Queer history and icons to more general knowledge I'm sure you'll be able to answer something to win some coveted prizes.
Sunday 9 April
UniQ Beers & Board Games: Potluck Edition
> 5pm – 8pm, Evison Lounge, OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre
Everyone loves food and everyone loves boardgames, so why not combine them.You bring something to share with everyone and we will supply the games.
Queer Support Resource Library Fundraiser
Purchase a rainbow ribbon from OUSA Main Office or Clubs and Societies to wear during diversity week and help us fundraise for the Queer Support resource library. Gold coin donation.