Papua New Guinea

Students Complete Leadership Program On Diversity and Inclusion

Image: Group photo of participants after graduation.

Twenty full time students of Divine Word University received certificates for completing a leadership program on diversity and inclusion on Friday (June 1). Among the participants were two full time masters’ students.

They received certificates of participation in the “Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program”, a program that aims to transform students into leaders who appreciate diversity and are inclusive in decision-making.

DWU Registrar Cecilia N’Drower congratulated the participants and encouraged them to develop the skills they had acquired.

“I hope what has been imparted to you is a start of more to come,” said Mrs N’Drower.

She said the program was facilitated by Bilu Kasanda, a DWU student in the Bachelor of Arts (Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations) program, who attended the Association of Commonwealth Universities Residential School Program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in December last year.

“The student representative council (SRC) member and 3rd year student was the only Papua New Guinea representative among 29 other university students from Commonwealth countries, who took part in the four–day program” Mrs N’Drower said.

She stated that Mr Kasanda was selected to represent DWU because of the way he conducted elections for the SRC last year. “DWU supported Mr Kasanda to attend the international program because it aligned with the University’s objective of “Student Transformation” ” she added.

Mr Kasanda as the Program Training Facilitator, thanked participants and encouraged others to get involved in the program in semester two of this year. He said the program was developed as a long-term impact project on promoting “Respect in our own”.

The group (pioneer participants of the program) is now looking forward to partner with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in UK in the near future; sharing common experiences and promoting Higher Education in Papua New Guinea and throughout the Commonwealth nations.

So far, 37 students have applied to participate in the program next semester. This will see the current graduates acting as trainers to the new intakes. Activities for next semester include food dialoguing; local cuisines prepared and served and; community engagement with the hope to promote dialogue and interaction among students.

Source: DWU Community Information Centre

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