Dr. Beverley Bell

Dr. Beverley Bell currently teaches in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, a teacher education program at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, USA. She is first and foremost an educator, having worked in a range of schools and classrooms in South Africa for 16 years. During this time she was involved in developing both curriculum for Accounting and Business studies and multicultural workshops for teachers. She has taught in various Teacher Education Programs at the University of Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross, and Mount Holyoke College.

Along with two other colleagues at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Bell developed a partnership between Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pretoria with Dr. Jonathan Jansen. She has led four groups of prospective teacher education students on field study courses to South Africa, focusing on educating for social justice and teachers as agents of change. She is also a consultant on various projects that focus on teacher professional development in South Africa and Pakistan.

Dr. David Bell

Dr. David Bell is an educator and psychologist who has worked extensively in Southern Africa in the fields of education, empowerment, social transformation, and community development. Having taught in South Africa, Namibia, and in the US, at the University of Massachusetts and Clark University, he has worked in both formal and non-formal education, as well as in a range of community empowerment projects. His work in South Africa has focused on the empowerment and personal transformation of educators as agents of social and political change. He has also worked as a community empowerment consultant, empowerment facilitator, and evaluator for a number of national and international development agencies in South Africa. 

In addition, Dr. Bell has worked at the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, focusing on a range of projects including the impact and sustainability of peace-building, conflict transformation programs, and the efficacy of facilitated inter-ethnic dialogues in Bosnia. Most recently he has worked as a consultant to the US Department of Labor on issues relating to child labor, education, and the intersection of education and HIV/AIDS. He is currently the Interim Director of the International Development and Social Change, Coordinator of Experiential Learning, and an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Worcester, MA, USA. Learn more about at Clark University about Dr. Bell...

Dr. Dennis Francis

Dr. Dennis Francis is a Professor and, currently, the Dean of Education at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Dr. Francis is also an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a PhD in Sociology and teaches in the fields of Social Justice Education and Sexuality Education. He has written extensively in the areas of identity studies, education for social justice, and youth sexuality. He is the author of Acting on Sexuality and HIV and Between Race, Within Race. Dr. Francis is a National Research Foundation rated researcher. Learn more at University of the Free State about Dr. Francis...

Other South African faculty members and community leaders will also conduct individual sessions based on availability and participant interest.