The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, held its first virtual UWI Student Today Alumni Tomorrow (UWI STAT) induction ceremony.
At this historic ceremony thirteen (13) students currently enrolled in Open Campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from nine (9) countries across the region were inducted as UWI STAT Ambassadors.
The UWI STAT Ambassadors are the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Representatives on all four UWI Campuses. This programme provides students with opportunities to integrate with fellow Caribbean and international students.
It encourages the development of leadership skills and provides them with varied experiences to enhance their education and develop their leadership skills through involvement in campus, community and alumni activities.
Director of Alumni Relations, Mrs. Celia Davidson Francis, who has responsibility for the UWI STAT Ambassador Corps in her welcome remarks at the ceremony told the Ambassadors that she was “counting on them to help develop a brighter and better Caribbean and world while collectively embracing the spirit of the pelican to help promote the development of caring young leaders. She added that she was “confident that they would enrich the lives of their fellow students and enhance their Open Campus Sites and The UWI.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, in her remarks said, she was “delighted that the Open Campus was integrating into this prestigious group” and she implored the inductees to take the term Ambassador seriously as their voices to advocate on behalf of their university among prospective students and alumni were powerful in promoting the agenda of The UWI.
She challenged the Ambassadors to take on the mandate of promoting Disaster Mitigation and Risk Management in the Caribbean region as this is a great concern for the Open Campus as so many of the countries served by The UWI Open Campus are so vulnerable to disaster.
The new Open Campus UWISTAT Ambassadors are:
- Kemoloy Murphy Anguilla
- Nickisha Jankie Antigua and Barbuda
- Wanda Reid-Beckles Barbados
- Terol Jackasal Grenada
- Rayon Walters Mandeville, Jamaica
- Howard Brown May Pen, Jamaica
- Juara Willet Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Nickson Barry Saint Lucia
- Renitta Peters-Morris Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
- Leandra Des Vignes Tobago
- Shazahra Khan San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago
- Celine Noray Mayaro, Trinidad & Tobago
- Dwayne Simon Postgraduate Chapter
Guild President of The UWI Open Campus, Mr. Howard Brown, speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors noted that, as UWI STAT Ambassadors they were “willing, ready and committed to walk in this journey to ensure that the furtherance of the University is held in high regard.”
Open Campus Officer for Alumni Relations, Mrs. Sandra Griffith-Carrington in congratulating The UWI Ambassadors reminded them “you are all fully cognizant of your role in The UWI Strategic Plan of access, alignment and agility”.
She added “I am confident that you will continue to execute your role as Ambassadors professionally while upholding the excellent standard of the university.”
She further stated “may you endeavour to be proud Ambassadors as true representatives of the light rising from the west, with UWI first in our hearts and always first in our region.”