The time has come for celebrating our diversity. We will be doing so at Stellenbosch University from 30 September to 4 October 2013 – because we are convinced that a kaleidoscope of people and ideas makes us stronger
There will be a broad range of exciting activities expressing the ideal of inclusivity. Among the highlights are performances by DJ Fresh, Marc Lottering, Siv Ngesi, as well as the Maties Sêr winners. And we will conclude or celebrations with a big party – our own "Festival of Colours".
Please consult the programme (follow link below) for more information on the various activities that you can partake in – including a video competition for residences and PSO's with great prizes – and use #MatiesDiversity on Twitter and Facebook.
The arrival on campus earlier this year of our first "born free" students – those born after the 1994 elections – has again shone a spotlight on the aim of being united in our diversity. If you fall into this category, enter the blog competition, or come and chat to me on the Rooiplein at 13:00 on Monday 30 September. I would love to hear what you think.
Diversity is one of the cornerstones of the University's new
Vision 2030. We want to become more inclusive, and we are doing this by broadening access to Maties and by fostering a welcoming culture. I want to get suggestions from staff and students on how we can improve our inclusivity. Join me for coffee on the Rooiplein between 11:00 and 13:00 on Wednesday 2 October.
The University is already reaping the benefits of diversity. We are proud of the fact that we are not just a knowledge provider but also prepare our students to operate in the context of our country and continent.
See you there!
Prof H Russel Botman
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
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