December 17, 1957
Mr. Neville Rubin, Vice President of the National Union of South African Students, writes to the Sophian
Mr. Neville Rubin visited Smith the week of December 10th, and upon his departure wrote a column for the Sophian, discussing how the South African Government’s oppression of black people was affecting their access to education, and the necessity for scholarships. He emphasized the importance of Medical School scholarships in particular, because of the prevalence of tuberculosis and lack of access to medical assistance as a result of black people being forced into shanty towns. Along with being Vice President of the National Union of South African Students, Rubin was also a member of the Executive Committee of the World University Service General assembly, and was visiting the United States at the invitation of the W.U.S. At the time, Smith College was a financial contributor to the WUS, which helped give out scholarships to African students.
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