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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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Faculty of Theology celebrates 25 years
2005-08-18

On 20 August 2005 the Faculty of Theology (UFS) will be 25 years old. In order to celebrate this a weekend of festivities which includes an academic conference, dinner and church service is planned for 19 to 21 August.
 
On Friday 19 August from 10:00 to13:00 a conference will be held at the DRC Kovsiekampus on the theme of the role of the church in present day South Africa. Prof Stef Coetzee (former rector UFS), Piet Strauss and Amie van Wyk (Pretoria) as well as Dr Ezekiel Moraka will be participating.

On the same day at 19:00 a prestige dinner will be held in the Centenary Complex. The weekend’s festivities will come to an end by means of a church service on Sunday 21 August at 9:30 at the DRC Universitas. Prof Hermie van Zyl, our dean, will be conducting this service. 

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