year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 79



2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | STUDENTS
teaching practice, where academic
staff and tutors are “strongly
encouraged to review their language
and lecture content” to ensure that it
is non-discriminatory.
Other areas where
recommendations for inclusivity are
made are communication and media,
institutional culture, service provision,
policy adherence, and the roles and
responsibilities of various offices and
groups at UCT.
“[A] number of people developed
the policy with us, and that included
the Trans Collective, Rainbow UCT,
sexually diverse staff and students,
and allies of the sexually diverse
populations on campus,” said Alves.
“We broadened our consultation
beyond the normal structures within
the institution … so that we could
generate as much consultation and
feedback [as possible]. There was
great support for it to exist.”
ADDRESSING STIGMA
Addressing staff and students during
the Wellness Drive, Dr Memory
Muturiki, director of the Student
Wellness Service, stressed that issues
around HIV, sexual orientation and
gender-based violence are all interrelated.
“At the moment these are issues
that students are actually talking
about [but] a lot of students do not
come forward on time and do not
know with whom to speak.
“Sometimes there is stigma around
certain issues and we wanted to
highlight and raise awareness ...
around gender-based violence and
[inclusivity] so that people may start
having dialogues around what is
correct and how can you seek help
and where you should go,” she said.
“Student Wellness and the
Department of Student Affairs are
here, and we are ready to support.”
Alves said that any member of
the university who experiences
discrimination based on their sexual
orientation or gender identity can
report incidents to the OIC.
“I think it’s critically important to
also reach out to your lay counselling
staff, to staff services who provide
mental health support. Students
who are experiencing harassment
should also seek out services through
Student Wellness, because selfcare is extremely important in those
moments.”
“THE AIM OF THE
POLICY IS TO PROVIDE
A DISCRIMINATION-FREE
ENVIRONMENT THAT IS
REFLECTED IN THE WAY
WE TEACH, THE WAY WE
COMMUNICATE, THE WAY
WE ENGAGE WITH ONE
ANOTHER …”
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