Venustia is a student community that actively seeks to assist newcomers in their transition from secondary schooling into tertiary schooling in a way that is fun and exciting. Our community motto “Beauty Through Strength" is an indicator of what our core beliefs are – building strength in character. We strive to create an environment whereby students can feel comfortable enough to express themselves and build upon their self-expression.
Venustia is a part of the Rubix Cluster. Being a part of Rubix allows our members to interact with other Res Spaces and PSOs outside of Venustia. This means that alongside the opportunities and platforms Venustia presents its community with– our members also have the option of exploring what other communities have on offer too.
At the core of Venustia's community values is creating space for its members to feel celebrated and embraced because of their differences. 'Beauty through Strength' means that above anything else our members can always rely on Venustia to support their own personal growth and development and be their home away from home.
Venustia's vision and mission
seek to be an all-inclusive space that assists students in becoming engaged
citizens with inquiring minds. This means that Venustia is a platform whereby
students can explore their identities and world views in a space that is both
safe, encouraging, and supportive. We strive to fully embrace our motto “Beauty
Through Strength” and we believe that an individual’s strength shines through in
their strength of character. Venustia hopes to produce graduates that are
well-rounded individuals who are not only ready to take on the working world
but are ready to take on everything life has to offer post-graduation.
Acting in a way that shows acceptance of others' presence and well-being. This also means having regard and compassion for others' values, opinions, rights, and personal actions.
Venustia believes that inclusivity means actively incorporating and valuing the ideas, identities, and beliefs every member has established for themselves. We seek to be a platform that promotes equality and equity in a way that is sustainable and fluid.
Venustia holds itself accountable for being consistent in upholding its values. This means that we strive to be consistent in being honest, transparent, and of good character and intentions.
“Beauty Through Strength" means that in order for our community to feel strength in its unity – our members need to feel heard. Our value of compassion is about actively trying to understand one another's pain and triumphs. Having compassion for one another is what allows us to embody “Beauty through Strength".
To build strength of character means recognizing the areas in your sense of self and identity that need developing. This looks different for every person. Hence equity in Venustia means to offer members the platforms and opportunities they need to achieve their own definition of personal development and strength of character.
The history of Venustia
Venustia was established in 2008 making us one of the newer PSOs on campus. As a PSO we have always strived to question old traditions and make way for the new and ever-advancing perspectives of students coming into the university. We are the first platform on Campus to offer the Eco-Market whereby students can swap and donate their clothing in an attempt to reduce fast fashion. We attach great value to continuous reflection on how much we can grow and how to better align ourselves with the growth of our future members.
Activities and offerings
Venustia strives to foster a feeling of genuine connection between its members by providing plenty of opportunities for interaction. Through our activities, our members are encouraged to extend their comfort zones into new depths of self-discovery. More than anything we seek to develop our members' graduate attributes.
Our Activity Offerings are endless however here is a little glimpse into what we have to offer:
- Culture: Venustia's Got Talent, Debating, SUAcapella, Toneelfees
- Sport: Netball, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Table Tennis
- Sustainability: Termly Eco-Closet Market
- Womxn Empowerment Workshops
- Venustia House Dance
- Leadership development opportunities
- Critical engagements/Deep Meaningful Conversations
Mentorship offered by Venustia
Mentors are senior members of Venustia who have volunteered and been selected to directly assist newcomers in their transition into Stellenbosch University. The Venustia mentor team consists of 16 dedicated students who are eager to grow and adapt alongside the newcomers in a way that is meaningful and impactful. The mentors play a vital role in ensuring Venustia remains a space that fosters compassion, open-mindedness, and inclusivity. However more importantly the mentors allow newcomers the opportunity to be engaged and active members on campus.
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