“Intersections for healing work” kick-starting conversations on transformation in the Faculty of Health Sciences

30 Jun 2015 - 10:00

On the 12th of June Faculty staff and student leadership attended a workshop on "intersections for healing work" to initiate engagement on key sub-themes identified for transforming the Faculty.

Associate Professor Elelwani Ramugondo, Chairperson of the Dean’s Transformation Committee, opens the first Faculty workshop on “intersections for healing work” with a quote by Harvard University President, Drew Gilpin Faust.

The workshop was convened by the Transformation Advisory Committee (DTAC), created by Interim Dean Prof Gregory Hussey to spearhead faculty-wide conversations on transformation. Tasked with promoting dialogue on transformation amongst all constituencies in the Faculty, the committee was established on the 6th of May following the Special Faculty Assembly held on the 15th of April 2015.

Attendants broke away into groups divided among several sub-themes: black pain & white privilege; challenging patriarchy; challenging heteronormativity; challenging ableism ; post-colonial theory, consciousness & health; contextually situated practices; arts, play and health; intergenerational perspectives; indigenous and Western medicine; and understanding violence.

Facilitated by “provocateurs”, a term inspired by Paulo Friere, the main objectives of the discussions were to lead to a possible review of the definition of transformation in the Faculty, as well as develop ideas about monitoring and evaluation in relation to the sub-themes and other relevant targets in the advancement of transformation. Consensus after the discussions was that the allocated time was too short indicating an eagerness to continue engagement beyond the session.

Associate Professor Ramugondo remarked optimistically that the zeal for engagement on these difficult topics on this day was a good foundation for further work. Work involving all constituents of the Faulty through conversation, listening, reflecting and acting in ways that advance healing and sustained transformation. Open workshops with stakeholders are also planned for future conversations. 

Article by Jaquelyne Kwenda