The Department of Sociology at your institution organized a guest lecture on the Principles of Community Engagement
The Department of Sociology at your institution organized a guest lecture on the Principles of Community Engagement on September 16th, 2023, in the A. V. Room at 11:00 a.m. The guest speakers for this session were Mrs. Aradhana Kulkarni and Mrs. Gawlan Shinde from the Socio- Economic Development Trust (SEDT), an organization working in Parbhani district dedicated to community development, child rights, and women empowerment since 1980.
Speakers:Speakers: Mrs. Aradhana Kulkarni and Mrs. Gawlan Shinde from SEDT were the facilitators for the session.
Organization Background:SEDT has been actively involved in community development, child rights, and womens empowerment in Parbhani district for over four decades.
Meaning and Importance of Community Work:Mrs. Aradhana Kulkarni discussed the
significance of community work, emphasizing that it should be both a passion and a profession.
She highlighted the challenges faced in developing trust, breaking traditional gender norms, and
initiating community participation. Mrs. Gawlan Shinde shared her personal journey, speaking
about how she faced gender discrimination as a girl but overcame it through her association and
work with SEDT.Mrs. Gawlan provided practical tips for working in the field, including the
importance of dress code, awareness of local structures of authority, and knowledge of local
customs and traditions.The speakers gave an overview of the various activities and projects
undertaken by SEDT in Parbhani district.
They encouraged students to consider volunteering with SEDT, presumably as an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in community engagement and development. A total of 81 students attended the session and actively participated with enthusiasm.
This guest lecture appears to have provided valuable insights into the principles and challenges of community engagement, drawing from the real-world experiences of the speakers at SEDT. It likely inspired students to consider engaging in community development work and gave them practical advice for doing so effectively.