Past Webinar

Healthy conversations about racism

Exploring the best way to use social media as a tool for promoting racial equity

Dr Angelique Nairn, Dr Rebecca Trelease,

In our June 2021 webinar, we discuss how we can have healthy conversations about racism online.  How can we influence changes of perspective and promote racial equity?

We are joined by Dr Angelique Nairn, who discusses her recent research into public service anti-racism campaigns.  The Human Rights Commission’s ‘Give nothing to racism’ social marketing campaign showed that bullying and hate speech can undermine social marketing and attempts to establish social unity.

She is joined by Dr Rebecca Trelease, a Māori Early Career Academic at AUT School of Communication Studies and together they explore the best way to use social media as a tool for promoting racial equity, how to engage audiences and how not-for-profits can stay at the forefront of the conversation online.

This webinar is facilitated by Dr Janet Tupou, Community Research’s new Research Programme Manager.


Dr Angelique Nairn’s research: What is with all the hate? A thematic analysis of New Zealanders’ attitudes to the Human Rights Commission’s ‘Give nothing to racism’ social marketing campaign

Tauiwi Tautoko Resource Library

Action Station’s Tauiwi Tautoko programme – challenging online racism.

Speak Up Kōrerotia – Human rights radio show in Aotearoa New Zealand – some relevant podcasts:

Scholarly articles on Social Media Communication:

About the Presenters

Dr Angelique Nairn

Dr Angelique Nairn is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication Studies (SCS) at Auckland University of Technology. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication Studies, she went on to complete a BCS Honours (first class) and her PhD, all at Auckland University of Technology. Angelique is currently working on multiple research projects from explorations of morality in television programming, to how organisations encourage identification in their external communications, to the experiences of work among creative people.

Dr Rebecca Trelease

Rebecca Trelease (Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi) is a lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, teaching on the courses Intercultural Communication and Mahitahi / Collaborative Practices (facilitating group work through a Te Ao Māori lens). While her PhD research analysed global Reality Television formats, her current research for an MA in Educational Leadership focuses on the experiences of indigenous Early Career Academics in Higher Education.

This Webinar was held

11am NZ time
15 Jun
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