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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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Remembrance wall celebrates Kovsies
2012-08-21

SRC members leading the Proudly Kovsie March. From the left are: Biejangka Calitz, SRC member: Media, Marketing & Liaison Marketing; William Clayton, SRC member: Accessibility & Student Support; and Bonolo Thebe, SRC member: Sport.
Photo: Linda Fekisi
21 August 2012

 

One of the highlights of the recent Proudly Kovsie March was the unveiling of the SRC Remembrance Wall. The wall is a board with photos of the everyday Kovsie student.

Biejangka Calitz, SRC member: Media, Marketing & Liaison, says the board was set up to give students a feeling of Kovsie unity. “It will also create a sense of pride of being part of an iconic place with a melting pot of talent and creativity that is never boring.”

Biejangka says the inspiration comes from a theatre overseas that has a wall with photos and experiences quotes of people who have visited the theatre.

The board of photos will be put up on the wall between the Student Life Centre and Träumerei, behind Van Schaik Bookshop on the Thakaneng Bridge. It will be on display for five years and could remain on display for longer.
 

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