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Symposium to explore impact of COVID-19 on social impact
Author: Lynne Rippenaar-Moses
Published: 21/08/2020
​The Division for Social Impact (DSI) will be hosting its annual Social Impact symposium online this year and are inviting students and staff to join them in exploring the effect that COVID-19 has had on social impact locally and globally. 

The event will take place on Thursday, 03 September 2020 from 09:00 to 12:30. 

“We want to include students and staff in the online conversation that we’ll be having as we explore a number of issues that have affected social impact initiatives locally and globally. We want to explore how we can create shared and collective learning spaces for staff and students to explore social impact initiatives during COVID-19 and beyond as well as delve into the challenges faced by practitioners and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“In addition, we want to hear from students and staff as we explore opportunities created by the pandemic for social impact initiatives locally and globally, and share the lessons and insights we’ve learnt as staff and students through our experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ms Ernestine Meyer-Adams, the Director of the Division for Social Impact. 

With this symposium, she says, the DSI wants to explore what kind of support will be required for social impact initiatives at this time and beyond the pandemic, especially with regards to engaged teaching and learning, engaged research and engaged citizenship. 

“It is important for us to also connect communities of practice through this symposium to enrich collaborations for social impact initiatives between student interest groups, student societies, and the student community at large, to strengthen collaborations between faculties and faculty departments with regards to social impact initiatives, and to have a multi-disciplinary approach.”

Click here to RSVP for the symposium by 31 August 2020. After you have booked your spot, a  link with the details to join the symposium via Microsoft Teams will be mailed to you a day before the event.

For more information, staff can contact Mr Mawethu Nyakatya at and students can contact Ms Michelle Pietersen at

Click he​re for the programme.