South Africa: Education and Social Change (Summer)
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Faculty and Staff
Imraan Buccus, Academic Director
Mr. Buccus has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in social policy from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is currently a Ph.D. research fellow in development studies at Radboud Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. He has been a lecturer in political science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has served as assistant academic director for SIT’s South Africa: Social and Political Transformation program based in Durban.
Mr. Buccus has worked as academic coordinator of the Workers College, a progressive experiential education college for workers from the trade union movement, where he developed a passion for experiential education and its personal and academic developmental potential. He was also research manager at the Centre for Public Participation, an NGO focused on participatory democracy in post apartheid South Africa. He is currently also a columnist for Durban’s popular morning paper, The Mercury.
Mr. Buccus has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia , and was previously the AD for SIT Study Abroad’s South Africa Globalization, Sports, and Development program.
Dr. Toni D’Amant, Practicum and Academic Coordinator
Dr. Toni D’Amant has a Ph.D. in education and is a senior lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the School of Education and Development. Her lectures and research fall into the areas of teaching for diversity, inclusion and social justice, the sociology of education, and educational psychology. Dr. D’Amant has worked extensively in rural areas across four provinces in South Africa as part of her involvement with the teacher development components of various interventions and pilot projects (funded by DANIDA, GTZ, CSATDP, SANPAD, University of Natal and DoE – national and provincial). She has been involved with an ongoing SIT rural community engagement initiative since 2008, for which she is responsible for the planning and implementation of student training program for both SIT and UKZN students. In her capacity as practicum and academic coordinator for the SIT summer education program, she works alongside students in a practical and supportive way to help them better understand developmental dynamics in rural areas of South Africa.
Shola Haricharan, Office Manager and Homestay Coordinator
Shola has been with the program in various capacities since its inception in 1992. Prior to that, Shola worked in administrative capacities with a number of nongovernmental groups, some of which were active in the anti apartheid struggle.
Lecturers for this program include the following faculty from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and other institutions:
John Daniel, PhD
John Daniel has a PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at universities in the United States, Swaziland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. He was active in student politics in South Africa and served two terms as president of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS). Dr. Daniel went into exile in 1968 and returned in 1991. He has served various universities and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a senior researcher responsible for documenting the South African state’s gross human rights violations outside South Africa. He serves currently as academic director for SIT’s Social and Political Transformation Program in Durban.
Monique Marks, PhD, Professor of Sociology, UKZN
Monique Marks is based in the Community Development Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a research associate of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labor relations, police organizational change, and security governance. She has published three books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh). Dr. Marks has written extensively about crime and security issues in South Africa.
Janine Hicks, Commission on Gender Equality
Janine Hicks is a senior commissioner with South Africa’s Commission on Gender Equality. She has more than two decades of experience working with South African civil society and educational institutions, and is widely published in the areas of participatory democracy, gender issues, and issues around access to education for women in South Africa.
Michael Sutcliffe, PhD
Michael Sutcliffe is Durban’s city manager. He will speak about the experience of having hosted the Soccer World Cup. He has a PhD from Ohio State University in city planning and was the chairperson of South Africa’s Demarcation Board in the post-apartheid order. Dr. Sutcliffe played a significant role in the country’s anti-apartheid struggle and is widely recognized as an influential member of the African National Congress, the ruling party in South Africa.
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