A Pacific based approach to supporting the wider participation of Pacific peoples in higher education.

Bula vinaka and greetings,

Kind reminder about the Pacific Seminar Series this Friday 27 May. Please feel free to pass it on to others who might be interested in attending.

Speakers: Deborah Faaiuaso and Venusi Taumoepeau

Time: 2-3pm

Venue: Building 111 Room 4021

Title of talk:

A Pacific based approach to supporting the wider participation of Pacific peoples in higher education

Abstract

This presentation will highlight some exemplars that are used by the Pacific Team at Unitec to support the wider participation of Pacific people in higher education. The term participation is used in this presentation firstly to refer to Pacific peoples enrolling into a tertiary programme and secondly to refer to the participation of families and communities in the higher education learning and journeys of their families and community members. The Pacific concept of ‘fanau’ is adopted to inform the two initiatives used as exemplars in this presentation. The ‘fanau’ concept is based around the family and the community and its strength lies within the collective emphasis. The two exemplars that will be used in this presentation are first, ‘The Pacific Orientation’ and second, the ‘Fanau Evening(s)’.

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday.

Malo and kind regards

Malia Talakai

Principal Academic Advisor

Pacific Centre- for Learning, Teaching and Research

Unitec Institute of Technology

Carrington Road

Mt Albert, Auckland

Ph: 09 8154321 ext 8272

Email: mtalakai@unitec.ac.nz

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