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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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Fulbright Scholarship awarded to Kovsie Academic
2010-07-14

 Mrs Ronette Lategan

Mrs Ronette Lategan, Ph.D. student and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State, has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to work on her Ph.D. in the United States of America. Mrs Lategan is one of only 22 South Africans awarded the scholarship to study in the United States for the 2010-2011 academic year. She will be based at the Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences Department of Florida State University and conduct her research from August 2010 to August 2011. She will join the research group of Prof. Jasminka ilich-Ernst. Through participating in the research group, Mrs Lategan aims to complete her Ph.D. in the field of Nutrigenomics, focusing on hypertension. 
 

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