The first stakeholder workshop was held on 18th February 2011. Participants consisted primarily of Deans of Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences as well as Education. In addition, a few Professional Associations were represented along with other bodies whose mandates fall within the field of Higher Education. Participants were asked to engage in discussions beyond their individual institutional purviews by taking a broader, more systemic approach, to engaging with the challenges facing the humanities and social sciences in South Africa and to begin the process of developing innovative responses to these challenges. The inputs from the various stakeholder workshops will form the basis for developing the Charter. The second stakeholder workshop took place on 6th May 2011.