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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 take part in prestigious programme at Stanford University
2013-08-05

 

Ready for Stanford. From the left are: Patricia Mapipi, SinazoMabunu, Claudio Carlos, Elzahn van der Westhuizen, Stefan van der Westhuizen and Zakariyya Patel.
Photo: Jerry Mokoroane
05 August 2013

At the end of August 2013 six Kovsies will depart for Stanford Sophomore College in San Francisco, USA, to take part in a prestigious residential programme. The programme stems from a key partnership between the UFS and Stanford University.

This programme involves the most talented second-year undergraduate students from both the UFS and Oxford universities joining the Stanford Sophomore College.These students spend over two weeks during the USA summer recess engaged in a programme which concentrates on the academic studying of innovative and multidisciplinary topics.

The Kovsies students selected for the 2013 programme are: Patricia Mapipi and Sinazo Mabunu from the Faculty of the Humanities; Claudio Carlos and Elzahn van der Westhuizen from the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences; and Stefan van der Westhuizen and Zakariyya Patel from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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