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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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Classes commence in the Programme in Governance and Political Transformation
2009-01-23

 
Classes for the Programme in Governance and Political Transformation in the Faculty of the Humanities commenced this week on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). The opening address was delivered by Mr Thabo Motsohi, Director in the Department of Tourism, Economic and Environmental Affairs in the Free State. The topic of his address was: Catalytic effects of the tourism industry for transformation of the provincial economy. There are currently 35 registered first-year students and 100 second-year students in the Master's programme and five students are registered for the Ph.D. in Governance and Political Transformation. At the programme opening were, from the left: Antoinette Eyth, Pittsburg Pennsylvania in the United States of America, recipient of an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation and Master's student in the programme, Dr Choice Makhetha, Acting Dean: Student Affairs at the UFS, Dr Tania Coetzee, Director of the Programme Governance and Political Transformation, and Mr Motsohi.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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