Phakeng said the hard reality was that this did not happen spontaneously, especially in an environment that brought together people representing so many different backgrounds, cultures, sexual identities, languages and experiences.
“It is also easy to feel isolated under stressful conditions such as we have experienced since 2015,” said Phakeng.
She said many discussions about racism across South Africa and within UCT helped to bring into focus the kinds of questions and issues that had been raised by the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) report, “questions that I think may be in everybody’s mind, whether we discuss them openly or not. These public discussions also emphasise the need for us, as UCT leaders, to bring about active change to help everyone to feel included, respected and valued,” said Phakeng.
“We selected the Inclusion Index survey because it has a strong track record in academic institutions. It has been deployed to more than 50000 people globally over the past 15 years.