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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Students in Human Movement Science perform


Honours students from the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Human Movement Sciences were awarded two gold and four silver medals at the student forum of SASReCon, the bi-annual sport and recreation research conference recently presented at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. The theme of the conference was: "Mass participation and a winning nation". Here are, from the left: Janka Fouché, silver medal winner in Children's Kinetics, Murry Capon, silver medal winner in Bio-Kinetics, prof. Johan Bloemhoff, Programme Director at the department, Morné Castelyn, silver medal winner in Sport Science, Coleen Jobes, silver medal winner in Sport Science, and Justin Oelofsen, gold medal winner in Bio-Kinetics. Jessica Bonstein, gold medal winner in Bio-Kinetics, was absent when the photo was taken. Prof. Bloemhoff delivered a presentation at the main conference entitled: "Sport and Recreation Participation: The Transition from Grade 12 to Third Year at University".
Photo: Stephen Collett

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