Pre-conference Workshop

November 23, 2018  

Congress Tracks

Teaching and Learning - TL
Gender Equity - GE
Campus Life - CL 

CCIT MindHack

Facilitators: Mr Rafeh Ahmed and Mr Walid Farooqi


Hackathons serve as the platform for people – ‘medical’ or not - to put heads together, generate new ideas, and evolve them into plans with proper business models. Given the scope of the Student Congress, team CCIT wishes to run a mini-hackathon to allow students to learn and utilize techniques to effectively dissect problems.


  • Identify problems associated with the 3 aspects of the conference namely campus life, gender equity and student teaching/learning

  • Utilize design thinking strategies to effectively break down and analyze said problems

  • Please note that the main purpose of this activity will be to identify and articulate clear and precise problems, and not to come up with solutions per se.


  • Hour 1: introduction to problem pitching

  • Hours 2-5: group formation based on pitched problems and problem dissection

  • Hour 6: presentation of the problem


  • Well thought out problem statements that can be further discussed in the conference sessions

The top 3 presentations shall also be incorporated into the Congress Inaugural Session

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Women, work, and the will to lead (GE)

Facilitators: Dr Ayesha Mian and Dr Aisha Sanober


There are significant changes occurring in leadership and the professional landscape, a trend that is likely to continue. Yet, the high profiles of a few prominent female executives belie a stark reality: Only 23 women lead Fortune 500 companies - a mere 4.6 percent. In 2014, most companies around the world, including professional service companies and accounting firms, continue to suffer from a gender gap. Workplaces of the past, and many in the present, still do not do all they can to support women’s advancement. Women face hard choices between professional success and personal fulfillment, and encounter many external and internal roadblocks on their path to progression on a career path. It has been suggested that the gap will bridge only if we have more women as leaders. 


  • At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the importance of ‘sitting at the table’

  • Identify internal and external roadblocks towards leading

  • Apply leadership practices to a current challenge

Designing a safe learning environment to promote exceptional learning (TL)

Facilitator: Dr Geraldine Van Gyn


In this workshop, we will work collaboratively to define the characteristics of a safe learning environment, being mindful of the culture in which you learn and teach, identifying the sources that have an effect on these features and their particular contributions to the learning process.  Following this assessment, we will focus on the aspects of the learning environment that is within our respective purviews and work to identify effective ways in which we, in our particular roles, be it as a student, teacher, or administrator, can contribute to building a safe environment that enables students to excel at the risky business of learning.


  • A clearer and more expansive understanding of the characteristics of a safe learning environment and the implications of committing to engaging in learning and teaching in such an environment

  • The clarification of the various roles and responsibilities of students, educators, and administrators, in the attainment of a safe learning environment

  • Identification of educational interventions that create a safe learning environment and are based on students’ sense of well-being and confidence

  • A plan to advance on your contribution towards a safe learning environment

Spiritual wellness (CL)

Facilitator: Mr Alyas Karmani


Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. Spiritualism is subjective. It is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world. This workshop will try to bring our focus on our non-physical being. Let’s explore aspects of your inner self including interacting with nature, developing rituals and clarifying intentions, that can help up sustain overall health, balance and well-being.


  • Learn about the spiritual paradigm of wellness 

  • Explore a variety of spiritual wellness tool

Healthy relationships (CL)

Facilitator: Ms Sehrish Shaban


The workshop will begin with an overview of what we define to be relationships (with self, romantic partnership, friendship, peer, family member, figure of authority, a dependent) and include it to encompass an individual’s relationship with their environment, community and the world. We will then move to a short presentation on Healthy Relationships with a focus on romantic partnerships before breaking into a short activity for participants to explore their own definition of what they seek in a relationship. The group will then come together to discuss the different characteristics that are important to people. The goal of this exercise is to help participants learn more about themselves and see from the group that certain key characteristics are important to almost everyone. These are human needs as defined by various psychologists and contain needs such as safety, respect and belonging. 


  • Define what it means to be in a healthy relationship.

  • Under stand ways to communicate with partners, friends, and family.

  • Think critically about how the media portrays relationships and gender roles.

  • Understand the importance of a healthy relationship with oneself as a foundation for building other healthy relations.

The art of digital storytelling (TL)

Facilitator: Mr Raheel Lakhani


The workshop design is based on the participatory approach that provides an opportunity to students to unleash their creativity. Participants will review a variety of videos to reflect on what makes them engaging. Employing simple methods and digital tools, they will explore the proce ss of creating stories and express their ideas. They will also have ideated a story concept and developed an initial storyboard.


  • Identify the ingredients for an engaging story

  • Discuss the process of translating and presenting the story through digital mediums

  • Learn the skill of storyboarding

Design recipe for an ideal student space: what are the ingredients? (TL)

Facilitaor: Mr Safdar Abidi


This interactive workshop will explore a wide range of design ingredients that can create an ideal student space. Attendees will contribute ideas and together develop a list of design priorities to conclude the session. It will follow small group discussions followed by a large group discussion. During this workshop, following themes will be considered: Programmatic and practical, Social and cultural, Aesthetics and comfort, Operations and maintenance, staffing, Sustainability and health, Equity, gender issues and social justice.


  • By the end of this worksho p, participants will be able to:

  • List down various design ingredients needed for an ideal student space.

  • Formulate a plan of an ideal student space based own their design priorities.

Self-defence 101 (CL)

Learn basic principles of “what, how, and why” of self-defence including tips on how to stay alert, spot danger signs, and react appropriately in a variety of situations to keep you safe.

This 90-minute course was designed to deal directly with issues that are faced by college students.

The aim of this workshop is to familiarize the participants with various awareness strategies, the behavioral patterns of a violent person, situational recognition, personal behavioral assessment, methods to identify vulnerability, while physically learning simple countermeasures against the attack.

Attendees don’t need prior experience, but are requested to be in comfortable clothes.

Experience engineering (CL)  

Everyone’s experience of a move, a restaurant, a picnic, a person, working for a company or a training program varies. 

Each person will experience things differently. Similar people may have comparable positions on an experience. They will stereo-type people, like or dislike things, love or hate going to restaurant, and admire or avoid a course in college. Since people will experience, perceive and judge things; based on which they will make a decision to buy, to befriend, to revisit etc., we might as well learn what people like, how they make these decisions, and create these experience to their benefit.

This program gives you an insight in to experience engineering, based on real life examples, and a dissection of how Adil Moosajee creates experiences in restaurants, spas, interiors and college courses.

Financial literacy 101 (CL)

Stepping into the world of adulthood comes with a trade-off - saying goodbye to the financial security from your p​arents.  Navigating the challenges of personal finances is unavoidable. Are you informed enough to have a strong control over your money, savings and future goals?

Signup for Financial Literary 101 today and acquire the practical know-how and skills to make the right financial choices tomorrow.

  • Budgeting basics

  • Impact of interest

  • Staying saving savvy

  • Credit-Debt Roller-coaster

  • Identity theft issues & safety

English for academic study at university: bridging the gap between language levels and needs (TL) 

This will be an activity-based workshop. First you will s hare your experiences of learning through the medium of English and the challenges you have faced in doing so. Then you will assess your English levels and needs through a benchmarking activity using descriptors of language competence based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). All international English language exams, such as IELTS, are benchmarked against the CEFR. After the extent of the gap between your English levels and needs has been determined, we will consider how to close the gap. T his will initially be done as a group activity by identifying effective ways to develop language competence and the resources needed to do this. You will then create an individual study plan based on your learning needs and priorities. 


The main objectives of this workshop are to:

  • raise awareness of the challenges of studying through the medium of English for students who do not have English as a first language

  • assess English language levels and needs for academic study against an international standard for measuring language proficiency

  • identify the extent of the gap between English language levels and needs

  • develop a study plan to help close the gap between English language levels and needs.