year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 46



EMBRACING
INCLUSIVITY
Panel discussions, art and film brought insight and fun to
UCT’s Rainbow Week, celebrated from 8 to 12 October.
The annual commemoration to help
build an inclusive, non-discriminatory
campus environment was arranged
in partnership with the Office for
Inclusivity and Change (OIC).
“Focusing on inclusion and
queerness is particularly important
at this time, as UCT is the first South
African university to ratify a policy
that protects the rights of sexually
diverse people,” said OIC director
Dr Sianne Alves.
Viwe Tafeni, chair of the Rainbow
UCT committee, said the event
provided a safe space for people to
express themselves. Tafeni said the
OIC had been very supportive of
Rainbow UCT and Rainbow Week.
“Coming from a student society, it’s
been a very valuable relationship and
we are very happy to have that kind
of acknowledgement and partnership
with the university.”
Discussions on disability and
sexuality, trans identities and the
invisibility of queerness in sport
at UCT were part of the agenda.
These conversations also tapped
into student concerns about mental
health and gender-based violence.
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