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Friday, 03 May 2024

CDISC hails successful crucial conversation

CREATING INCLUSIVE SPACES: The Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Change and the Institutional Gender-Based Violence Committee gathered for crucial conversations recently. CREATING INCLUSIVE SPACES: The Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Change and the Institutional Gender-Based Violence Committee gathered for crucial conversations recently.

The Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Change (CDISC) in collaboration with the Institutional Gender-Based Violence Committee (IGBVC) Pillar 6: Research and Information Management Systems recently held their 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation under the theme: Voices and Spaces, Creating Inclusive Spaces” # RecognitionOfVoices.

The event which was held at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre was attended by organisations such as Triangle Project, Gender Dynamix, Commission for Gender Equality, NSP GBVF Localisation, Transgender Advocate, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, CPUT Queer Unicorns, CPUT Student Representative Council, CPUT staff and students.

The purpose of the 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation was to provide platforms and opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to share their stories, perspectives, and experiences and to:

  • Encourage open and respectful communication between diverse groups to promote understanding, empathy, and acceptance.
  • Ensure that physical and digital spaces are accessible to people of all abilities, including those with disabilities, to create an inclusive environment.
  • Identify and address systemic barriers that prevent certain voices from being heard or inhibiting full participation in society.
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts between different stakeholders to design and develop inclusive spaces that meet the needs of all.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion and foster a sense of belonging for all CPUT staff, students, and those we interact with.

Stream Coordinator: Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tumiso Mfisa, said the conversation allowed open engagement showing that “CPUT should hold itself accountable for creating and maintaining inclusive spaces, with clear strategies for measuring progress and enforcing policies”.

“What stood out for CDISC is that the conversation fostered a holistic view from a local and international perspective around Diversity, Inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all in Higher Education Institutions.”

Mfisa stated that the attendees must continue the conversation in their respective spaces, as this was the start of a series of crucial conversations. “CDISC extends gratitude to the CPUT community, international visitors, organisations, NGOs, members of society and other academic institutions that attended in person or joined via the CPUT YouTube channel.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce