The Centre for Student Communities (CSC) within the Division Student Affairs recently welcomed new members to its team of staff, serving as ResEd coordinators and residence heads within the various student communities at Stellenbosch University (SU).
It is the primary belief of the CSC that students' learning and living environments should be integrated and should not function separately. As such, residences and PSOs are part of the ResEd or cluster system that drive these environments. Four new staff members have recently been appointed to assist in achieving this goal.
Lisinda de Jager (left), who previously worked in the PSO Office at CSC, is now taking on the position of ResEd coordinator of the Rubix cluster and residence head of Heemstede residence. Njabulo Maphumulo (middle) has joined Stellenbosch University for the first time and forms part of the CSC team on Tygerberg campus, as the ResEd coordinator of TygerMaties cluster and residence head of Hippocrates residence. Monica du Toit (right), from SU's Human Resources Division, is the new ResEd coordinator for Victoria cluster and residence head of Monica and Harmonie residences. Enos Lekala is welcomed as Listen, Live and Learn (LLL) community coordinator and residence head of Huis Russel Botman House, a senior living space.
The university residences and PSOs are student communities in which community principles are applied to integrate students' academic and living environments. The social dimension of community life in residence, PSOs and the cluster is harnessed to support the SU's academic mission. In doing so, one of the University's objectives is pursued, namely to provide students with a university experience in which the living spaces are an extension of academic life in the faculties; to establish a university environment that would create a well-rounded and transformative educational experience for students, in line with the Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024.
The aim of the CSC is building a student culture that promotes student success: a culture in which students not only have pleasant social experiences, but are also serious about being effective role players within and beyond South African borders. In line with SU's institutional objectives, the residences and PSOs, as student communities, are encouraged to start applying their newly acquired knowledge now already, both in their communities as well as beyond, in order to make a difference.
For more information about the CSC, visit www.sun.ac.za/csc.