Salam and kia ora koutou,
The UCSA is aware of the protests currently taking place in Iran and around the world regarding the murder of Mahsa Amini for violating rules around wearing the hijab. This has now tragically resulted in the death of many other protestors. Women’s rights are human rights, and we stand with the women and people around the world fighting to express themselves and affirm their rights. We know that these events may be distressing for anyone who identifies with this region or the issues at stake. Whatever you are feeling is valid; we want you to know that we are here for you and support you. Here are a few key services available on campus that may be able to help should you need it.
You can access Student Care for personal support. Student care offers free confidential services that can support your health, wellbeing, and safety. For more information, or to make an appointment please see https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/needtotalk/.
Student Care can:
- Help you talk through your feelings and provide support as you navigate that process
- Connect you to various health or academic services on campus who can also help
- Connect you to international support services if applicable
UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team
The UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team can help you connect to various resources including financial support, academic support, and personal support. For more information or to make an appointment please see https://ucsa.org.nz/support/.
UCSA Advocacy and Welfare can:
- Provide individual support and connect to specific support networks on campus
- Explain and work through potential financial support options such as the Hardship Grant
- Provide guidance and support in academic matters and advocate on your behalf if desired
Your spiritual wellbeing is crucial and is important to also prioritize. You can connect with John Fox or any of the other UC Chaplains for spiritual support. For more information or to make an appointment please see https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/chaplains/. If you would like tailored Muslim spiritual support, please see this national directory of resources https://muslimdirectory.co.nz/muslim-support-charities/.
We would once again like to reiterate our support for any students dealing with the impacts or repercussions of the protests in Iran and around the world. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us or any of the support services listed above.
Ma'a salama and kia kaha,
UCSA Executive 2022