RDC Committees

RDC Committees:

The Religious Diversity Centre Trust is currently in the process of establishing various Committees to oversee its work. These include an Advisory Forum, the Centre Management Committee, the Programmes Committee, the Finance Committee, and a Media Committee, as below.

RDC Advisory Forum:

Purpose: An Advisory Forum, consisting of community representatives and lay leaders from various faith and belief communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, is currently being formed as a reference group to advise and direct the work of the Religious Diversity Centre. The Advisory Forum is expected to be fully representative, allowing both religious leaders and lay members from their respective communities to participate in the work of the Religious Diversity Centre. The RDC Trust Board, under the direction of the Centre Management Committee Chair, Bhai Verpal Singh, is currently undertaking a series of Sunday afternoon Community Consultations, from which we hope to gather potential members for this Advisory Forum. The RDC plans to have the Advisory Forum selected and in place by the end of 2017.

Centre Management Committee:

Purpose: To oversee governance systems and structures for the smooth operations of the Religious Diversity Centre that are accountable, sustainable and flexible. Current Members of this committee are:

Chair: Bhai Verpal Singh

Deputy Chair: Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel

Ricky Waters, RDC Trust Board member and Treasurer

Ex-Officio: Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, RDC Trust

Dr Todd Nachowitz

Programme Committee:

Purpose: On behalf of the RDC Trust Board, in respect to the Centre’s activities in education, research and community engagement, The Programme Committee is established in order to support the work of the Centre Establishment Coordinator, and to engage in appropriate planning and oversight of programme development. Current Members of this committee are:

Chair: Prof Douglas Pratt

Deputy Chair:

Ex-Officio: Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, RDC Trust

Dr Zain Ali

(photo and bio forthcoming)

Dr Edwina Pio

Edwina is University Director of Diversity at the Auckland University of Technology, in a position annexed to her substantive role as professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law and leader of the research group Immigration & Inclusion. She is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, a Fulbright alumna, recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh fellowship and widely published in top ranking journals such as British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Gender Work & Organization, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education and Journal of Management Inquiry. Her accolades include Visiting Professor at Boston College, USA; research fellowship at Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden; Visiting Academic at Cambridge University, UK; Fellow of the New Zealand India Research Institute, New Zealand and Co-Director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights, UK. Edwina is a thoughtful leader and knowledgeable interpreter in the area of diversity in business, communities and education and her passion for interdisciplinary scholarship encompass the intersections of work, ethnicity, religion and pedagogy. In 2008 her book Sari: Indian women at work in New Zealand was released by Rt. Hon. John Key, former Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 2010 her book Longing & Belonging was released at Te Papa Wellington on Race Relations Day by the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission. In 2014 her book Work & Worship was released by the Race Relations Commissioner. Picking up difficult contemporary issues, and unravelling them in a way that is palatable for an eclectic audience, Edwina believes and acts with an innate sense of social justice, and a desire to live in harmony and in-tune with the universe.

Dr Nicholas Thompson (RDC Trust Board member)

Dr Todd Nachowitz (Centre Establishment Coordinator)

Finance Committee:

Purpose: Terms of Reference and membership are currently being established.

Chair: Prof Paul Morris

Deputy Chair:

Ex-Officio: Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, RDC Trust

Ricky Waters, RDC Trust Board member and Treasurer

Media Committee:

Purpose: Terms of Reference and membership are currently being established.

Chair:

Deputy Chair: Jill Shaw

Ex-Officio: Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, RDC Trust