Massey’s Manawatū campus is the final of all three Massey campuses to receive the Rainbow Tick at a special ceremony.
Earlier this year it was announced that Massey University had received Rainbow Tick accreditation, having demonstrated it understands, values, and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.
The Rainbow Tick organisation was formed in 2014 to lobby for the rights of Rainbow – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex (LGBTTI+) – community members in the workplace.
It works with organisations to evaluate their current situation and works with them regularly to improve.
As part of the accreditation process, Rainbow Tick assessors reviewed Massey’s documents and policies and spoke to staff and students who identify as Rainbow community members and staff from the wider population.
Earlier this month a celebration was held at the Manawatū campus, where the University’s Rainbow Tick certificate was awarded to Assistant Vice-Chancellor People Organisational and Development, Alan Davis.
Davis expressed the hope that supporting Rainbow-identified staff and students would be a gateway to greater kindness in all communities on campus.
The event brought together members of UniQ, Massey University Students’ Association’s club for Rainbow-identified students; Transcend, a community organisation founded by, and for, transgender youth in the Manawatū; and Rainbow-identified Massey staff.
Ahead of the event, representatives from Transcend hosted a workshop with university and student association staff to identify barriers on campus for trans, gender diverse or gender questioning people.
Davis says certification is just one piece of the puzzle.
“What the Rainbow Tick certification process has shown us is that we have the policy framework in place to support members of the Rainbow community.
“However, we are striving to create an institution where everyone feels they can be themselves in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment. To do this, we must match our words with actions.”