My take home from today's session, titled "What is the role of professors in transformation of universities?". Prof @FabAcademic was joined Prof @busani_ngcaweni (UNISA) and Prof @thandi25M (NMU).

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1. More than 20 years into the country’s democracy, South Africa continues to face deeply entrenched inequalities in all spheres of our society, including our public universities. Despite notable progress made in addressing historical inequalities in public universities...
patterns of systemic exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination persist.
2. Equity of success, participation and opportunity needs to be pushed so that the excellence more inclusive and not be like during Apartheid where excellence only referred to a specifc gender and race.
3. Eventhough we have all these policies and legislation the power still remains to those specifc people. In universities when we struggle to get black people to get promoted,we need to ask what is the role of professors.
4. No one person can transform a university on their own.
5. Deputy VC of transformation and Deans have to be champions of transformation.
6. When transformation is seen as a threat, they won't cooperate and work hard to reach the objectives of the transformation policies.
7. Prof @busani_ngcaweni said the transformation focused on transforming the executives and not the senate. How to transform senate: one can say in the 3-5 years we'll have to transform Senate. Mentor and guide postgraduate candidates and make them professors.
8. Transformation is not a problem for just black people.
9. No decision gets taken without the Senate approval.
10. Full professors are very important to the transformation process of the university.
11. Prof @busani_ngcaweni said that professors pay a vital role when it comes to transformation especially in the teaching &learning and research, innovation and knowledge production.
12. Professor should own the process of transformation.
13. Prof @busani_ngcaweni said that transformation has to been seen as a imperative for everyone at universities.
14. Why do previously white universities has low numbers of black professors. White men are those in senior management and executive roles.
15. We as young (black) up and coming scholars should learn to beat the system in a ways. If you should publish 20 articles in order to become a full professor, do that. @busani_ngcaweni
16. A interesting article to read on why there's so few black professors.…
17. Another one..…
18. Prof @thandi25M said that transformation can mean different thing to different people, because it's shaped by different things.
The internet connectivity was a little bit bad, so Prof will join in next week the first 20min on transformation before we move to decolonisation.
19. As a black academic/vc it's not easy to implement transformation because one is constantly discouraged and told not to act this way etc.
20. Eventhough you get support, you should still show up for senate and all other university admin and deliver as a full professor.
21. You should make yourself available to volunteer and join committees that assis the transformation process & implementation. And remember transformation is not just a burden for black people.
- Prof @FabAcademic
Read through this article if you get a chance.…
And here's another one…
Thank you Prof @FabAcademic for yet another great and informative session. Prof @busani_ngcaweni & Prof @thandi25M thank you for sharing your insights with us. Prof @thandi25M we look forward to having you again next week.

Till next week 📚😁🎓

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