Transformation at Wits
At Wits University, transformation is understood as a process essential to sustained academic excellence – through continuous assessment and renewal in the support services of the university, as well as through teaching, learning, research and social engagement undertaken by the University.
Wits University also recognises that there are social, economic, political and cultural imperatives that require both reflection and intervention to redress the inequalities and injustices imposed on all South Africans through apartheid. The programmes and projects run by the Transformation and Employment Equity Office are aimed at facilitating this process and, in doing so, to address the impact of these inequalities on life as part of the Wits community.
The Wits transformation agenda is framed by national development goals, equity legislation, the United Nations Millennium Declaration and our location on the African continent. At the heart of the process of transformation are the values enshrined in the South African Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Transformation at Wits refers to processes of change in our curricula so that it reflects diverse sources of the best forms of knowledge from within South Africa, Africa and across the world as well as the use of different teaching methodologies, diversification of the demographic profile (gender, race, ideology, nationality, class etc.) of both our staff and students without compromising on merit, qualifications and standards as well as an inclusive institutional culture which is characterized by a nurturing, supportive and inclusive environment necessary for the realization of academic excellence in all its dimensions.
The Wits Transformation and Employment Equity Office works with key stakeholders to ensure the Wits experience is characterised by a culture of human rights and inclusivity.
Transformation Committee of the Wits School of Education (WoSE) Statement on Gender-Based Violence
"We are together in pain, as we witness the violence against woman and non-binary people, and against fellow Africans in our country that we share with others. We commit to dialoguing with each other, to look at ourselves and our lives to see where and how we can fight this violence, and to finding ways to support those of us who the violence is directed towards. We refuse to be complicit, we choose to be in solidarity."