Visiting Fulbright specialists invigorates Leadership Programme

Professor Joanne Ciulla, Professor of Leadership Ethics and Research Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, New York, recently visited ICON as a Fulbright specialist in the area of leadership ethics. The reason for the visit was to provide the benefit of her expertise and considerable experience to the Innovative Leadership Programme, which has 45 students from different faculties and levels of DUT.

Joanne Ciulla was previously with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (University of Richmond) and is a distinguished scholar in the area of leadership, with many publications and awards to her name.

Presenting to the Leadership class her research on Mandela as a leader.

While at DUT Professor Ciulla gave a public lecture and a research seminar. She also interacted with committee members of the Leadership Programme, and finally spent a morning with the class of the Leadership Programme. She brought both a considerable depth of knowledge and a very accessible manner to the interaction with students and staff.

Some of those who attended the research seminar on leadership

At present ICON, with its partners, staff from other faculties and departments at DUT, and ACCORD, needs to decide how best to take the Leadership Programme ahead. We have at present a nonformal programme, but also a formal module at first year level. The two are rather similar, though the nonformal programme relies more on outside visitors.

Professor Ciulla, Crispin Hemson and Jairam Reddy with some of the students on the Programme

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ICON’s tentacles extend across the Indian Ocean…

I spent the month of May at the University of Seychelles helping to establish the Sir James Mancham International Centre of Peace Studies and Diplomacy. (Mancham was a former president who was deposed by a coup in 1977 and lived in exile until 1992, when he returned with a strong commitment to reconciliation. He died just a few months ago and the driving force behind the centre’s establishment was lost).
At one level, the Seychelles is like paradise – friendly people, warm (at times very hot) weather, wonderful beaches and seas of remarkable blues. But there some big issues close to the surface
• Human rights abuses and economic losses between 1977 and 1993 have left many people traumatised and angry; a truth and reconciliation process has only just begun
• Drug and alcohol addiction rates are high (one estimate puts the number of heroin users at 5 000 in a population of 90 000) and this leads to break-ins and robberies
• Gender based violence, family breakup and neglect of children are widespread.

Seychelles combines idyllic scenes with challenging social issues

There is certainly a role for the Centre in promoting new ways of thinking and acting about such domestic challenges. In addition, within the wider Indian Ocean community (the Maldives, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion) there are the threats of piracy, poaching of marine resources and the effects of climate change.
The Centre’s steering committee and trustees are examining the most effective ways of tackling with such issues. Most will involve building networks of peacebuilders and others to support each other and to learn from one another’s experiences.
Geoff Harris

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