The Student Services team partners with students in their academic journey, walking alongside them from orientation to graduation, ensuring that they finish triumphantly. We strive to be the hands that carry, the hearts that hear and the mouths that motivate for the ultimate success of each; for the better of Cornerstone, and the community at large. We believe in our core values and aspire to display excellence and creativity in all we do. Our team interacts respectfully with students and staff, and in all our dealings we work with integrity to keep unity within the Cornerstone community and within the larger social circle ensuring that no matter who we work with or serve, there is a feeling of inclusivity.
Head of Student Services
Beverley Dankers (M.Ed.)
Beverley is an alumnus of Cornerstone Institute. She graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership from Cornerstone Institute in 2010 and then went on to do a Bachelor of Social Science Honours at the University of Cape Town. She joined the Cornerstone community in March 2015 and in 2016 completed her Masters in Education majoring in Curriculum and Instruction (online) through Concordia University in the USA. She currently Heads the Student Services Department. It gives her great satisfaction when she is able to help others be empowered through education.
Student Services Development Coordinator
Shireen Orphan (BA Hons)
Shireen completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Cape Town before coming to Cornerstone Institute to do a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology. She then went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, also at Cornerstone Institute and joined the Student Services Department in May 2016. Shireen has a heart set on seeing those who struggle academically succeed. She coordinates the Academic Development Programme focusing on Academic Literacy and also lectures the Academic Skills modules to all students who enrol for their first year of study. She further avails herself to students and supports them in other areas besides their academics.
Student Services Lecturer and Counsellor
Devon Hoole (BPsych Equivalent)
Devon is an alumnus of Cornerstone Institute. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornerstone Institute. He then went on and did a honours (BPsych Equivalent) from Cornerstone and became a registered counsellor with the HPSCA. Currently he is studying a Masters in Community Mental Health Promotion at SACAP. Devon lectures Academic Literacy and Computer Skills, and provides counselling for the students.
SRC making a difference
In celebration of Mandela Day, the SRC (with the support of Cornerstone Institute) will be making a contribution to a community project in Bishop Lavis that provides food to those impacted by poverty.