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Podcast 002

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Jeannie, Philip and Sam are back, discussing their thoughts on 2017, complacency and striving to get better, the complexities of privilege invoking shame and guilt, the slow progress of media representation, and humour.

Podcast 001

Welcome to our first Divinq Podcast – join Jeannie, Philip and Sam as they discuss diversity, and what it means to them. This episode we discuss how Divinq came to be, diversity and ‘divinqing’, ‘dead-naming’ and trans people, Trump’s election, and the passing of Leonard Cohen.

(The comic of Sam’s that we discuss is this one: www.roostertailscomic.com/comic/whine-wine/)

Day of anti-silence

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12 June is the “Day of Silence“, “a day of action in which students across New Zealand vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.”

At Epsom Girls Grammar School, however, 12 June will be a day of anti-silence. Students who are part of DIVINQ will be taking a different tack.

We’ll be shouting about bullying all over the school at lunchtime.

We think silence is the friend of bullying and, to support and complement the people and organisations behind the day of silence, we want to yell in no uncertain terms that bullying is unacceptable, unwanted and uncool.

We will holler messages of acceptance, diversity, uniqueness and love. Yes, love, because love is the absence of fear – and fear causes bullying.

So, whether you’re silent or loud on 12 June, make it a day to celebrate and honour humanity, in all our magnificent beauty.

What young people are saying about DIV:INQ

DIV:INQ is one of my favourite parts of the week. It  gives me the chance to discuss ideas and thoughts that others may take offence to or don’t want to think about.

DIV:INQ challenges my thoughts and I am always disappointed at the end of the session because I want to carry on!

— Nina Sutton, Epsom Girls Grammar

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DIV:INQ is a place to talk about what I really think about.

— Nicole Fox, Epsom Girls Grammar