In August 2016, Dr. Mazvita Margaret Machinga became the acting dean of student affairs at Africa University — a school that she entered as a first generation university student in 1998.
"When I was a student, God sent some people to be there for me and journey with me during tough times," said
Machinga. "Christ's love for me, even as a student, motivates me to love others in response. I want to be a channel of God's grace to others." Machinga supervises seven key units that include student housing, food services, health services, counselling and career services, and campus life and student development, among others. One of the most important parts of Machinga's job is to build a strong sense of community among the students.
"I have a passion for caring jobs; being the acting dean for student affairs avails me the opportunity…to respond to students' needs so that they are able to achieve their academic and personal goals," said Machinga.
Her own experiences as a student have led Machinga to make the development of a more robust campus life and student development program a high priority.
"Having systems that boost creative thinking amongst students is one of the greatest ways of building leaders for Africa," said Machinga.
After earning a bachelor of education degree from Africa University in 2000, Machinga worked in a rehabilitation program for street children in Zimbabwe and served in prison ministry as prerelease counselor. She holds master's degrees in Practical Theology and Psychology as well as a doctorate with a major in Pastoral Psychotherapy.
Andra M. Stevens, Director, Communications, Africa University Development Office
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