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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) – Podcast

Caribbean tourism and COVID-19 - Coping with the stress of working from home during the crisis. Dr. Katija Khan, a clinical psychologist at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, and a member of the UWI COVID-19 task force, shares some extremely helpful recommendations on hope to cope. Listen by clicking on: It’s also on Facebook at

UWI grad expands women’s healthcare in Tobago

Dr Kizanne James-McCarthy (L) and Alison Hathaway

UWI Mona Alum Dr. Kizanne James-McCarthy expands women’s healthcare services in Trinidad and Tobago, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health and Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Special note to graduates 70 and over!

As this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt says “- Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art” – and we consider our “more mature” graduates to be works of art who have contributed professionally nationally, regionally and internationally at all levels: and who have helped build and sculpt our beautiful Caribbean.

Alums host Soft and Life Skills sessions around Covid-19

Dr. Renee Boyce’s session: “Conversations around Corona”
Dr. Lisa McClean-Trotman’s session: “Behaviour Change Amidst Covid-19: Implications for Education”

Session 1

Alumni Relations – IAD in association with the YoPro Global Foundation was pleased to host Dr. Renee Boyce’s session: “Conversations around Corona” as part of the Soft and Life Skills Series (SLSS) on April 9, 2020. It was positively welcomed and participants stayed online to have further questions answered. We thank Dr. Boyce, UWI alumna and Pelican Perks partner for sharing her expertise with the alumni population.

Session 2

The Granddaughter of a UWI Pelican shares her Covid-19 experience

15 year old Francoise Hall, a student at the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, in Montreal Canada had been studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain since January 9th 2020.

Inaugural Five Islands Council Meeting held

The University of the West Indies’ new Five Islands Campus in Antigua and Barbuda, crossed yet another milestone on Monday, April 6, 2020, when its Council met for the first time. In a virtual meeting setting, members of the Campus Council, chaired by Mr Aziz Hadeed, heard a report on the campus’ accomplishments since its opening in September 2019.

Jennifer Lester is Director of Corporate Services and Facilities at the IMF

International Monetary Fund (IMF) appointed UWI alumna Ms. Jennifer Lester as Director of Corporate Services on February 18, 2020. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from The UWI.

Update from the Director of Alumni Relations - April 24, 2020

I am again reaching out to check in on you during this unprecedented time. I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. The UWI is committed, as you know, to supporting and guiding students during these uncertain times. Students are an important part of the UWI Family and are our future alumni.

UWI Pelicans focus on Jamaica College

UWI Pelicans Hylton W. Dennis and Ian Andrews are not only proud alumni of The UWI, but also proud graduates of their High School Jamaica college and they have come together to produce Jamaica College: A Sugar Cane Planter’s Legacy 1721 – 2108.

The book is presently sold at Jamaica College and after the official launch on March 22, 2020 it will be in bookstores island-wide and in the region.

UWI Shines at Harvard!

From L-R: Ms Joneille Johnson, Dr Ryan Abraham and Ms Terriann Baker

Delegates from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) won commendations in the highly regarded 2020 Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). Delegates from the IIR also won commendations in the 2019 HNMUN, standing out among delegates from some 60 countries, among them the highest-ranked universities in the world.

AFUWI Gala Glitters

Photo Credit – Margot Jordan Photography

On February 19, 2020 the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) hosted its 23rd Annual Awards Gala at the iconic Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Lorraine Toussaint received the Bob Marley Award and here celebrates with alumni at the Pre-Gala Cocktail.

This year’s event, which is each year attended by the Diaspora, alumni and Friends of the UWI, corporate USA and executive management of The UWI, honoured the following:

Ø  Jamaica Money Market Brokers Group - The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Business Leadership

UWI Alumni Presidents Meet

The annual Central Executive Committee CEC)  Meeting of the UWI Alumni Association  (UWIAA) Presidents took place on Feb 28, 2020 in the form of a half day virtual meeting under the theme: Alumni Relations - Enriching The UWI.”

Pelican Soaring: Senator Rosemary Moodie

UWI graduate Senator Rosemary Moodie MBBS'82 was one of the Honourees at the 2020 Ryerson University Viola Desmond Awards. She is a pediatrician and neonatologist, who was appointed to the Senate of Canada in December 2018.

Famous for challenging racial injustice, Viola Desmond is remembered at an annual awards ceremony that celebrates outstanding contributions made to Canada by women of African descent, Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion hosted the 12th annual Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony on March 2, 2020.

Virtual International Climate Change Youth Forum focuses on Caribbean Synergies

The Vice Chancellor’s UWI STAT Ambassadors activities held their annual virtual regional Youth Forum to support SDG 13 - Climate Action on March 5, 2020. It was a part of the Fourth International Seminar on SDGs focusing on Climate Action taking place in Kingston, Jamaica at the Regional Headquarters of The UWI.

Karen E. Bravo

Karen E. Bravo. Photo by Dave Jaynes

UWI alumna Karen E Bravo has been named Dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at   Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The UWI, Mona and she received her Master of Laws from the New York University School of Law and her Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law.

Message from Director of Alumni Relations Celia Davidson Francis

Celia Davidson-Francis

Fellow Pelicans,

At this time of global pandemic, my thoughts are with all UWI graduates across the world who are trying to keep themselves, their families and friends healthy.  

Tribute to Susan Belgrave - UWI Alumna and Lead BFUWI Trustee

UWI alumna, esteemed Employment Barrister and Lead Trustee of the British Foundation of The University of the West Indies (BFUW), Susan Belgrave, was a remarkable lady and she will be greatly missed. 

University Director, Marketing and Communications appointed

The UWI is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rhonda Jaipaul-O’Garro as University Director, Marketing and Communications. In this role, Dr Jaipaul-O’Garro is responsible for the coordination of integrated marketing and communications across the entire University system.

Lisa Soares Lewis honoured

UWI alumna Lisa Soares Lewis honoured at World HRD Congress as a Most Talented HR Leader in Mumbai, India.

Sir Hilary Beckles: 40 years of service

Caption: L to R: Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles receives his long service award from Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber.

Vice-Chancellor Beckles joined the Mona Campus in 1979 as a temporary lecturer at age 24. At the time he was just out of graduate school in the UK, where he completed a doctorate in Economic History at Hull University.


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