Dr Talita Calitz completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, where she started her academic career as a junior lecturer. After completing a PGCE at the University of the Free State, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, and taught academic literacy at the University of the Free State’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. She completed her Masters dissertation in 2011, which was a critical study of marginalized sexual identities from a social justice perspective. Talita received a full-time Doctoral Scholarship at the Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development [CRHED] in 2013, and completed her PhD in Higher Education Studies in 2015. The focus of her doctoral research was on the experiences of socio-economically vulnerable undergraduate students. Her thesis proposes a capabilities-informed praxis that expands students’ freedom to achieve equal participation. Talita is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CRHED, where she is involved in a number of funded research projects related to equality, human development and social justice in higher education.