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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Ms Awethu Fatyela
Research Assistant

Awethu Fatyela is an undergraduate student in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media, Communications and Culture (BA MCC) at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She also works for the university’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) as a communications and stakeholder liaison; as coordinator for Decolonising STEM, and contributor in the African-purposed curriculum programme of the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation.

She has co-authored a book chapter titled “Disrupting Coloniality: Student-led Resistance to the Oppressive Status Quo in South Africa” with Savo Heleta and Thanduxolo Nkala (in Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance, Routledge, 2018). She has also presented papers on decolonisation of ICT education at a conference in Portugal and on decolonisation of knowledge in South Africa at a conference in Ghana (both in 2017). Awethu will be presenting a further three papers on decolonisation internationally in 2018.