South Africa, 2020
Delecia Davids is driven by curiosity, which has cultivated a deep appreciation for learning and development, both in her personal journey as well as in the lives of others. She completed her undergraduate degree in Education at Stellenbosch University (SU), and completed her honours degree in Educational Development and Democracy (Cum Laude). She was also working full time as the 'Programme Coordinator: Co-Curriculum' at the Centre for Student Communities at the same institution. Her work and research interest has led her to develop programmes, workshops and short courses which focus on the development of students and student communities within the out-of-classroom spaces in Higher Education Institutions. Delecia is a certified Gallup/Clifton Strengths Coach and specializes in strengths-based leadership development of teams. She seeks outs ideas that impact society and develops these into talks in the TED format as part of her speaker curator and licensee role at TEDxStellenbosch, which provides a platform for local ideas worth spreading. Delecia believes that her works should have local impact with global relevance which is evident as she was awarded a TEDx Scholl Foundation scholarship to attend TEDWomen in California in 2018 and has presented her research at International and National Student Affairs conferences. Delecia is a part-time junior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at SU, where she lectures Natural Sciences and Environmental Education to first year B.Ed students. She hopes that her Masters in Educational Policy studies will assist other scholar-practitioners in student affairs to develop and implement culturally responsive curricula in the out-of-classroom spaces, so that students leave Higher Education Institutions with sought-after attributes and skills, in addition to their degrees. This is so that they can become responsible and active citizens of South Africa, Africa and the world.