As seen in The University of Auckland’s Medical and Health Sciences faculty, Māori and Pacific students are not only reaching tertiary levels of study in significant numbers. Many are thriving in their studies, graduating, and moving on to work as successful professionals across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Along this pathway, however, many Māori and Pacific students have been forced to grapple through encounters with everyday colonialism and racism – forms of discrimination that are so normalized in institutions that they become virtually invisible to those from more dominant, privileged groups. This seminar will overview specific examples of everyday colonialism and racism that occur within The University of Auckland setting and show further how students have taken on this issue through a research-based social media campaign titled, “I, Too, Am Auckland,” an effort that draws on Kaupapa Māori research principals.

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