By Megan Gerst Rocker
This summer, 12 University students, staff, and alumni, attended a two-week global leadership summit at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The summit featured a multiracial group of UFS students, and students from the U.S., Japan, and the Netherlands, as well as numerous scholars, politicians, ambassadors, activists, and other leaders--including the former Archbishop Desmond Tutu (pictured at right in a student-taken photo).
The students met to discuss how racial equity, privilege, and diversity are addressed in their countries. The summit's aim was "to exchange ideas and experiences in addressing issues of social justice, as manifested in aspects of race, racism, racial integration, and racial reconciliation in higher education."
Xay Yang, a 2012 graduate from the College of Continuing Education's Inter-College Program, was one of the U's delegates. It was, she says, an amazing and thought-provoking experience, and a fitting capstone to her academic career (Yang earned her interdisciplinary degree in social justice, youth studies, and graphic design).