South Africa Initiatives Office (University of Michigan) records: 1990-2007
Summary Information
Title: South Africa Initiatives Office (University of Michigan) records
Creator: University of Michigan. South Africa Initiatives Office.
Inclusive dates: 1990-2007
Extent: 5.5 linear feet (in 6 boxes)
Abstract:
The mission of the South Africa Initiatives Office at the University of Michigan is to understand and assist South Africa's continued transformation into a democratic and equitable society through scholarship, outreach initiatives and collaboration. The record group of the South Africa Initiatives Office includes manuscript and printed records related to the University of Michigan's effort to foster cultural exchange with South African universities in the years immediately following the end of apartheid. Administrative records of the SAIO directors and staff, grant program applications, promotional materials, and materials gathered from South African universities are included. In addition, there is some material related to the career of Kenneth Lutterman, Assistant Dean for Research, School of Social Work, who had research interests in South Africa.
Call number: 2011183 Bimu
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Aprille Cooke McKay, July 2013

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Transferred from the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (donor no. 10110) in March 2011.

Access Restrictions:

The South Africa Initiatives Office records are open for research without restrictions.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, South Africa Initiatives Office (University of Michigan) records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The records arranged in eight series: Directors Files, Staff Files, Publications, Mellon Program, Moody Exchange Program, SAIO Research Grants, South African Universities and Kenneth Lutterman Papers.


History

The mission of the South Africa Initiatives Office (SAIO) is to understand and assist South Africa's continued transformation into a democratic and equitable society through scholarship, outreach initiatives and collaboration. SAIO's aim is to promote scholarly travel, research and exchanges between the University of Michigan community and the African nations, especially South Africa.

In 1991, a delegation led by Charles Moody, Vice Provost of Minority Affairs at the University of Michigan was dispatched to South Africa to bestow and honorary degree to Nelson Mandela. During the trip, the U-M delegation met with officials from the higher education community and the African National Congress. Upon its return, the delegation proposed that U-M pursue linkages with the post secondary education communities of South Africa, and SAIO was officially launched in 1993. Initial goals included offering graduate and post-graduate training to black faculty and students from South Africa and encouraging U-M faculty and students to engage in joint research with South African scholars.

In the ensuing years, SAIO established relationships with many South African agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as colleges and universities. It also served as a resource for those planning research or outreach trips to South Africa.

In September 1996 the Charles D. / Christella D. Moody South Africa Initiative Fund was established by Associate Vice Provost Lester Monts. The fund was established to help support students and faculty from the U-M for travel, study and research in South Africa and to fund students from South African institutions to study and do research at the University of Michigan.

The unit was originally affiliated with the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Research, but became part of LSA's Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) in 1999, where it was part of the Michigan African Studies Initiative. In 2013, CAAS's successor, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) still administered two grants from SAIO, the SAIO Graduate Fellowship for incoming graduate students from Africa and SAIO Research Grants (including the Moody Fellowship) for U-M graduate students wishing to pursue research or internships in Africa, especially South Africa. The Charles Moody Exchange Scholars Program, aimed at bringing African scholars to Ann Arbor, was folded into the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) administered by the African Studies Center in 2008. The African Studies Center is part of the International Institute.

Directors:

Charles D. Moody, 1993-1996

Oscar A. Barbarin, 1996-1999

Elrie LaBrent (Brent) Chrite, 2000-2003

David R. Williams, 2004-2005

Kenneth Lutterman received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1962. He taught as St. Olaf College (1953-1962) and the University of Wisconsin (1962-1968) before coming to Washington DC to work with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) where he was a program officer and associate director. In 1999, after 31 years at NIMH, he assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Research at University of Michigan's School of Social Work. He specialized in the effect of violence and mental health, and he visited South Africa to contribute his expertise in the years following the downfall of apartheid. He died suddenly in December of 2001. It is not clear how SAIO acquired his papers, but they are of obvious value to researchers interested in the post-apartheid era. They were transferred to the Bentley as part of the SAIO record group in 2012.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The record group of the South Africa Initiatives Office (SAIO) includes manuscript and printed records related to the University of Michigan's effort to foster cultural exchange with South African universities in the years immediately following the end of apartheid. Administrative records of the SAIO directors and staff, grant program applications, promotional materials, and materials gathered from South African universities are included. In addition, there is some material related to the career of Kenneth Lutterman, Assistant Dean for Research, School of Social Work, who had research interests in South Africa.

The Mellon Program, 1997-1999 series, the Moody Exchange Program, 1998-2000 series, and SAIO Research Grants, 1997-2007 series relate to the core function of SAIO: administering and distributing grants to support research of Michigan faculty and students in South Africa, and to bring South African scholars to Ann Arbor to further their research. Within all three of these fund granting series, files are arranged alphabetically. Files have been weeded to remove any confidential student information such as transcripts, recommendations or social security numbers. What remains are the research proposals, and reports, program evaluations, and lists of recipients.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Africa -- Relations -- United States.
  • Educational exchanges.
  • United States -- Relations -- Africa.
  • Universities and colleges -- South Africa.
  • Lutterman, Kenneth G.
  • University of Michigan. South Africa Initiatives Office.
  • Barbarin, Oscar A.
  • Chrite, Brent.
  • Moody, Charles D. (Charles David), 1932-
  • Lutterman, Kenneth G.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Directors Files 1991-2005 [series]

The Director's Files series (1.0 linear foot) is subdivided into three chronological subseries by directorship: Charles Moody, 1991-2001 (0.3 linear feet), Oscar Barbarin, 1989-1999 (0.4 linear feet) and Brent Chrite, 2000-2005 (0.3 linear feet). Within each subseries, topical files are arranged alphabetically. Highlights include the program's initial proposal in the Moody subseries, the 1998 internal review of the program in the Barbarin subseries, and the advisory council materials in the Chrite subseries.

 
Charles Moody 1991-2001 [subseries]
Box   1  
Conference -- First International Conference on Institutional Transformation 1993
Box   1  
Correspondence 1993 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Correspondence 2000-2001
Box   1  
Delegation visit to South Africa Report 1991
Box   1  
Fundraising letter 1993
Box   1  
Guidelines and considerations for ethical involvement of US academic institution in South Africa 1995
Box   1  
Johnson Controls/Empowerment Center Alexandra South Africa 2000-2002
Box   1  
Miscellaneous 1991-1999
Box   1  
Publicity re: Visit to South Africa 1993
Box   1  
Reflections: A Personal Journey through South Africa
Box   1  
Rolodex undated
Box   1  
South Africa Initiative Proposal to Office of Vice President for Research undated
 
Oscar Barbarin 1989-1999 [subseries]
Box   1  
Andy Dawes Visit 1999
Box   1  
Correspondence 1996-1998
Box   1  
Data on South African universities 1991-1997
Box   1  
Detroit initiative program 1997
Box   1  
Eastern Cape / University of Fort Hare distance education 1997
Box   1  
Ford Foundation proposal: Enhancing African Studies 1998
Box   1  
Funding prospects 1996-1998
Box   1  
Human Sciences Research Council Centre for Science Development and ISR training program for African scholars proposal 1997
Box   1  
Internal review 1998
Box   1  
Proposals: Internship exchange 1998
Box   1  
School of Social Work international specialization 1989-1997
Box   1  
Strategic planning 1996
Box   1  
Tertiary education linkages project (TELP) proposal -- Medical University of South Africa 1998-1999
Box   1  
TELP proposal, Peninsula Technikon 1998-1999
Box   1  
Visiting King-Chavez-Parks Professor -- Janet Pillai 1997
Box   1  
Working paper series call 1996
Box   1  
Writing and teaching 1996-1998
Box   1  
Zenzele Hlongwa -- Art Show Proposal 1998-1999
 
Brent Chrite 2000-2005 [subseries]
Box   1  
Advisory Council 2002
Box   1  
Advisory Council handbook 2000
Box   1  
Annual reports 1994-1998, 2003
Box   1  
Correspondence 2000-2003
Box   1  
Durban initiative 2000
Box   1  
Law School South Africa Externship Guidebook 2000-2005 (3 folders)
Box   1  
Pedagogy of action 2000
Box   1  
Programs undated
Box   1  
Staff directories 2000-2003
Box   1  
Visiting Du Bois -- Mandela -- Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow -- Sinfree Makoni 2000
Box   1  
Website 2000-2001
Box   1  
Website ideas 2002
Box   1  
Work permits 2000
 
Staff files 1999-2004 [series]

The Staff Files series (0.7 linear feet) includes materials created by SAIO's staff in support of the functions of the office, and include documents related to the execution of the Moody Exchange program, the awarding of travel grants, and curriculum development.

Box   2  
African initiative grants 2000-2005
Box   2  
Benefit,--Jean Grae 2004
Box   2  
Bergmann, Frith, of Centers for New Work in South Africa 2002
Box   2  
Bethelsdorp Senior Secondary School 1999
Box   2  
Budget FY 2004/5 undated
Box   2  
CAAS Director Search 1989-1990
Box   2  
Development Bank of South Africa 2005
Box   2  
Durban Community Law Center 1991
Box   2  
Ford Foundation Professional Field Placement 2000
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 2001-2004 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Non-racial swimming 1995
Box   2  
Photographs and negatives for "SANKOFA: The University since BAM: Twenty years of progress?" conference report 1990
Box   2  
Program planning manual 1999 (3 folders)
Box   2  
Rosters of scholars, fellows and students 1997-2001
Box   2  
South African Initiatives Office (SAIO) desk calendar 1999
Box   2  
SAIO staff meeting agendas and minutes 2004
Box   2  
South Africa Rackham Student/Faculty Partnership Fellowship 2000
Box   2  
Students in South Africa 1998
Box   2  
Teacher's Ed Packet 2005
Box   2  
U-Step Sojourner Truth Mentoring Program 2003-2004
Box   2  
Walking Project 2004
Box   2  
Winnie Mandela visit -- AIDS awareness 2000 (2 folders)
 
Publications 1993-2004 [series]

The Publications series (0.1 linear feet) consists of promotional materials produced by SAIO, including a newsletter, and training and orientation materials for the Moody Exchange program.

Box   2  
Fact sheet 1994-1996
Box   2  
Moody Scholar Orientation Binder 2003
Box   2  
Moody Scholar Training Manual 1999
Box   2  
Pamphlets 2003, undated
Box   2  
South Africa Update Newsletter 1993-2004
 
Mellon Program 1997-1999 [series]

The Mellon Program series (0.3 linear feet) documents the program that brought cohorts of South Africans to study quantitative social science research methods in conjunction with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Box   2  
Correspondence 1997
Box   2  
Evaluation and feedback 1997
Box   2  
Evaluation and feedback 1999
Box   2  
Housing 1998
Box   2  
Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Quantitative Methods and African Studies Workshop 1999-2003
Box   2  
Mellon scholars 1997
Box   3  
Mellon scholars 1999
Box   3  
Pro Seminar 1997
Box   3  
Trip reports 1997
 
Moody Exchange Program 1998-2007 [series]

The Moody Exchange Program series (0.5 linear feet) documents the program that supported the granting of Moody Fellowships to send U-M students to South Africa, and funding Moody Scholars from South Africa to visit Michigan. (In practice, however, the formal designations of scholars and fellows were sometimes forgotten, with both words being used to describe U-M students and faculty and South African visitors.)

Box   3  
Applications and information undated
Box   3  
Dandekar, Hemalata, Durban South Africa Moody Fellowship supervisor 1998-1999
 
Fellows
Box   3  
Ahearn, Megan 2007
Box   3  
Recipients 1998-2007 (8 folders)
Box   3  
Housing 1999
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 2003
Box   3  
Mogane, Moffat 1998-2000
Box   3  
Placement negotiation 1997-1998
 
Scholars
Box   3  
Recipients 1999
Box   3  
Recipients 2001
Box   3  
Recipients 2003
 
SAIO Research Grants 1997-2007 [series]

The SAIO Research Grants series (0.3 linear feet) documents the ways in which intercultural exchange was fostered and funded through this grant program.

Box   3  
Brintley, LaCesha 1998
Box   3  
Chaffers, Jim 1999
Box   3  
Debler, Walter 1998
Box   3  
Funding proposals and transfers 1996-2000
Box   3  
Gabriel, Sheryl 1998-1999
Box   3  
Grieger, Lloyd D. 2007
Box   3  
Haniff, Nesha 1998
Box   3  
Kariuki, Mary 1997
Box   3  
Kwatsha, Punky 1997-1999
Box   3  
Munanka, Jaasi 1999
Box   3  
Recipients 2000-2005 (5 folders)
Box   3  
Wallach, William and Brian Williams 1998-1999
Box   3  
Ward, Kerry 1999-2000
Box   3  
Weldon, Millicent 1998
Box   3  
West, Ed 1998
Box   3  
Wood, Felicity 1998-1999
 
South African Universities 1990-2000 [series]

The South African Universities series (2 linear feet) consists of promotional materials collected from South African universities as part of U-M's effort to select universities to collaborate with in the various exchange programs. For some universities, correspondence also exists, and for two in particular, the University of Fort Hare and University of Durban-Westville, there is more extensive documentation of collaborative programs. Files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the university.

Box   4  
Mangosuthu Technikon undated
Box   4  
Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education 1992
Box   4  
Rand Afrikaans University undated
Box   4  
Rhodes University 1990-1997
Box   4  
Technikon Natal 1997
Box   4  
University of Bophuthatswana 1990-1993
Box   4  
University of Cape Town 1990-2000
Box   4  
University of Cape Town educational forms and information 1991-1998
 
University of Durban--Westville 1990-1997
Box   4  
Correspondence 1993-1997
Box   4  
Institute of Public Policy Studies (IPPS) and urban and regional planning initiatives 1992
Box   4  
Enver, Motala 1992
Box   4  
Masters Program in Social Policy 1992
Box   4  
Ndebele, Sibusiso 1992
Box   4  
Padayachee, Vishnu and D.V. Soni 1992
Box   4  
Pillay, Devan 1994
Box   4  
Population Studies Center initiatives 1992
Box   4  
Promotional materials 1990-1993 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Social Policy Programme funding proposal 1993
 
University of Fort Hare 1991-2000
Box   4  
Archives and museum collections 1997
Box   4  
Budget 1996
Box   4  
Contact list undated
Box   4  
Correspondence 1991-2000 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Cultural identity conference 1999
Box   4  
Finding aids for archives project 1996-1997
Box   4  
Hedstrom, Margaret 1997-2000
Box   4  
Promotional materials 1991-1998 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Proposals and programs 1996-2000 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Siravi, Gibson Themba 1996-1998
Box   5  
Travel and itineraries 1996
Box   5  
United States Information Agency (USIA) 1995-1997
Box   5  
University of Namibia 1997
 
University of Natal 1991-1998
Box   5  
Correspondence 1991-1996
Box   5  
Promotional materials 1990-1995 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Pietermaritzburg 1996-1998
Box   5  
University of Port Elizabeth 1993-1998 (2 folders)
Box   5  
University of Pretoria, 1996-7
Box   5  
University of Stellenbosch 1991-1997
Box   5  
University of the Free State 1996-2000
Box   5  
University of the North 1991-1997
Box   5  
University of the Orange Free State 1993-1997
 
University of the Western Cape
Box   5  
Correspondence 1991-1997
Box   5  
Promotional materials 1991-1997 (2 folders)
 
University of the Witwaterstrand Johanessburg
Box   5  
Birth to Ten Project 1996
Box   5  
Correspondence 1991-1998
Box   5  
Promotional materials 1990-1994 (2 folders)
Box   5  
University of Transkei 1991-1992
Box   5  
University of Venda 1999
Box   5  
University of Zulu 1994
 
Kenneth Lutterman papers 1995-2000 [series]

The Kenneth Lutterman series (0.5 linear feet) documents the research of Kenneth Lutterman, who was briefly the Assistant Dean of Research for the School of Social Work before his death in 2001. He was an advocate for the provision of mental health services, for victims of violence. These files document his efforts support mental health care in South Africa in the years following the end of apartheid and are arranged alphabetically. One very special item in the Lutterman papers is a comic book entitled "Truth and Reconciliation," which explains the function of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an undetermined African language.

Box   6  
Amy Biehl Foundation Trust 1998, undated
Box   6  
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 1999
Box   6  
Clippings 1995-2000
Box   6  
Conference on Epidemiology and Prevention of ATOD Abuse and Violence in South Africa and the US, Washington DC 1998
Box   6  
Correspondence 1995-1999 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Miscellaneous 1995-1999
Box   6  
Mkhize, Hlengiwe 1997
Box   6  
Reconciliation 1997
Box   6  
South Africa -- United States Bi-national Commission 1999 (2 folders)
Box   6  
South African Contacts 1998
Box   6  
South African Depression and Anxiety Disorders Support Group 1998-1999
Box   6  
Spong, Bernard 1997
Box   6  
Survivors of torture: Improving our understanding 1996
Box   6  
Violence and mental health 1981-1999 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Visit to South Africa April-May, 1996