Community Based Initiatives Vision: To create a dynamic, relevant and productive Community Engagement programme suited to our African setting. Mission: Our mission is to create an environment where Community Engagement becomes an integral part of academia; where all disciplines in the school have an ongoing and dynamic engagement with society; and where we serve communities, but at the same time carry out research which is relevant to those communities, especially in KwaZulu-Natal. Without compromising our academic fundamentals, we look to a curriculum which speaks to society. We shall establish relationships with the public and private sector which will result in third-stream income accruing to the school and disciplines to enable our Community Engagement endeavour to be relevant, on-going and key to our scholarly purpose. 2018 Community Engagement team: Professor Donal McCracken – Academic Leader: Community Engagement Dr Lauren Dyll – CCMS representative Dr Sazelo Mkhize – Criminology & Forensics Studies Dr Rawayda Petrus – Psychology (HC) representative Dr Nana Buthelezi – Psychology (PMB) representative Ms Patricia B. Zengele – Social Work Ms Debbie Heustice –Info4Africa Dr Sarah Gibson – Academic Leader: Teaching & Learning Dr Maud Mthembu – Academic Leader: Research & Postgraduate Studies Ms Nadia Paul – UKZN Foundation Ms Lungi Zulu – Administrator Message from the Academic Leader, Professor Donal McCracken The Community Engagement portfolio was created by Dean Jéan Steyn in 2018. It is a first for the school and is a recognition of the growing importance for academia of forcing links with society beyond the campus boundaries. Being a school of applied disciplines – Criminology and Forensics; Media, Communication and Society; Psychology; and Social work – this is particularly important, especial in a society like South Africa which is undergoing rapid and important transformation and development. The foundation year is focusing on several key areas. These may be summaries as the following:
- Establishing the Community Engagement office and committee, including the appointment of an administrator.
- Establishing and implementing a Stakeholder Committees plan for the school. This includes setting up committees which include key external players in the disciplines, opinion makers and funders.
- Auditing all existing Community Engagement projects in the school.
- Auditing all existing Memoranda of Understanding and Agreement within the school.
- Creating a partnership with the UKZN Foundation
- Establishing initial contacts with external bodies, in particular with the municipality.