How do UCT students experience racism in residences? A workshop hosted by the University Student Affairs Committee (USAC) in May tackled this question and broader issues of racial integration at UCT. USAC chair, deputy-vice chancellor Professor Crain Soudien, said the dialogue was born out of discussions about the likelihood of UCT experiencing similar racist incidents to those seen at the University of the Free State in 2008.
In addition to race, a host of factors that might potentially divide students and staff, from socio-economic class to academic field, were mooted.
So, how to move forward? Professor Anwar Mall, chair of the College of Wardens, suggested: "Once we've established the things that divide us, we need to find the things that unite us."
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