Last month, the Equality Unit at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development had the honour of hosting two visitors from the New York University's Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation.
Dr Lisa Coleman (Senior Vice President: Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation - NYU) and Mr Monroe France (Associate Vice President: Office of the VP for Student Affairs - NYU) were welcomed by a team from the Equality Unit, Mr Jaco Greeff Brink (Head), Mrs Qaqamba Mdaka (Case Coordinator) and Mr Dumile Mlambo (Communication and Research Coordinator).
The group shared knowledge, expertise, success stories and challenges; and how they can be translated into tangible outcomes for both. Another overarching point of discussion was that of possible collaborative work between the two universities, especially on matters related to social justice and transformation at institutions of higher learning.
According to Mr Brink, it was exciting to host a delegation from one of the top rated global universities and sharing insights and experiences in the area of social justice, diversity and inclusion.
“The work that they have been dong over decades in this area is very relevant in our local context. We will draw extensively from their work in order to improve the quality of our services to the SU community at large" – said Brink.
This is an ongoing effort by the EqU to advance the SU internationalization strategy as underpinned by one of the six themes of the Strategic Framework 2019 - 2024 - "Purposeful partnerships and inclusive networks".