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Vision

Student Affairs will strive to create opportunities for and enhance and facilitate students’ skills of critical thinking and modes of being in a way that is consistent with human rights and the principles of social justice. 

Mission

Student Affairs will develop and implement co-curricular programmes and activities and services that provide truly humanising daily lived experiences, which are essential for student academic success, prosocial behaviour, student engagement and an inclusive institutional culture.

Values of Student Affairs

The DSA values will build on the five core institutional values, namely:

  • Setting high standards to achieve superior academic performance.
  • Embracing humanity by promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual respect.
  • Pursuing competitiveness through embracing institutional distinctiveness.
  • Providing a university experience that nurtures emergent leaders.
  • Providing a university experience that nurtures emergent leaders.
  • Synergising academic excellence with the quest for effective public service and giving back to the community.

The value proposition of Student Affairs is to create a socially just student-life experience that is conducive to student academic success, student engagement and critical thinking. Accordingly, the DSA’s thoughts, intentions, actions and reflections will be based on the following values:

1. Humanity

The DSA places the highest value on the humanity of its students and staff. This means that we treat all students and staff with dignity and respect, irrespective of their sexual orientation, (dis)ability, gender, race, class, language, ethnicity, place of origin, religion and spirituality, and irrespective of other multiple identities that our students and sta may embody.

2. Ethics

The DSA regards it as critically important that students and staff be guided by ethical principles. That means that their daily lived experiences should focus on one fundamental question: How can I live an ethically good life? Thus, a student or staff member should always strive to do what is ethically good for himself/herself, other people, the UFS and society in general.

3. Critical Diversity Literacy

The DSA’s programmes and activities will foreground the concept of critical diversity literacy (CDL). This way of thinking seeks to identify, deconstruct and disrupt power structures in order to create possibilities for social justice. In this regard, the DSA will study how power and privilege produces and reproduces itself, because we believe that relevant knowledge and deep understanding facilitate the ability of all students and staff members to play a truly meaningful role in the transformation of the UFS and make its institutional culture genuinely inclusive. So, the vital source/origin of the DSA’s modes of being and ways of perceiving is located in the notion of CDL.

4. Social Justice

The DSA undertakes to facilitate just student lived experiences. All students and staff members will be guided by the intersectionality framework towards a deeper understanding of the value of critical diversity. Critical diversity transcends observable differences in order to investigate how power, privilege, dominance and oppression operate to unfairly advantage certain groups of people whilst unfairly disadvantaging other groups.

5. Integrity

The DSA believes that integrity is a value of the highest importance. Although we accept that rules, regulations, policies and procedures are necessary to enforce minimum standards of human behaviour, we also believe that all these efforts will come to nothing without personal integrity. Therefore, integrity is the value we wish to inculcate among our students and staff. It is only through this fundamental value that a socially just society will be possible. This conviction is based on the knowledge that a person of integrity is, among other things, honest, truthful, trustworthy, reliable and virtuous – all personal traits without which a just society could not exist.

Dean: Student Affairs: Mr (P) Pura Mgolombane
T: +27 51 401 9084
E: studentsdean@ufs.ac.za

 

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