Teresa Oakley-Smith

Written by AccidentalMuslims.com

Teresa has an honours degree from the University of Wales and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked as an academic at Wits University for twelve years before starting her own company, Diversi-T, in 1993.

Diversi-T is a change management consultancy with a focus on transformation and diversity training. Her work involves conducting research into organisational and institutional cultures as well as dialoguing with employees at all levels in institutions and organisations to build improved relationships . She works with employees across the traditional barriers of race, gender, culture, language, age and religion, in order to develop mutual respect and enhance productivity and profitability.

Teresa has also worked in communities and has trained NGOs facilitating dialogues on race. She has conducted research in a number of Higher Education institutions and has facilitated “bridge building” initiatives such as Reabua at Pretoria University.

She is particularly well known for her work in addressing racial divides in South Africa. She was the Chairperson of the Task Team, which worked at Vryburg High School in 1998 following racial attacks at that School, and subsequently sat on a Ministerial Commission of Enquiry investigation racism in the South African Police Services during 2004.

She has sat on 3 Commissions of Enquiry into racism in the workplace, one of which she chaired. She has appeared on television and on the radio to comment on issues of Transformation pertinent to South Africa.