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UWI Vice Chancellor’s Student Ambassadors Visit St Lucia


UWI Vice Chancellor’s Student Ambassadors Visit St Lucia


 Two Student Ambassadors from the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine (Trinidad) and Cave Hill (Barbados) Campuses recently visited St Lucia as representatives of the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow programme (UWI STAT).


UWI STAT was developed by the Director of Alumni Relations in the Office of the Vice Chancellor in 2005, in association with the Guild of Students of the main UWI campuses, in order to increase regional ties between students and alumni and create student awareness of alumni relations and alumni involvement. The official launch of the programme took place on January 23, 2006.

The UWI STAT Mission Statement

The UWI STAT Ambassador Corps gives service, exercises leadership and proudly supports the best interests and traditions of the UWI, its fellow students and alumni, through volunteerism, responsible citizenship and the promotion of Caribbean pride, culture and values. 


UWI STAT Ambassadors are the Vice Chancellor’s student representatives on all four campuses of The University of the West Indies. They promote the UWI and their respective campuses generally and introduce students to the importance of alumni relations, educate them about the UWI Alumni Association, alumni relations and activities, as well as CSME and regional integration and HIV/Aids prevention. They encourage both students and alumni to have a life long relationship with The University of the West Indies and show their “Pelican Pride”.


This year, Ms Keris Michelle Ramkaran, a Social Science student from the St Augustine Campus and Ms Tahirah Abeena Davis, a Law student from the Cavehill Campus were the two UWI STAT Ambassadors selected to visit St Lucia.  During their week long stay, the Ambassadors paid courtesy calls on Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy as well as Prime Minister Hon.Stephenson King, with whom they discussed the empowerment of youth across the region in general and in St Lucia in particular.


Ms Ramkaran and Ms Davis also visited several Secondary Schools in both the North and South of the island including the St Mary’s College, St Josephs’ Convent, Piaye Secondary, Soufriere Comprehensive and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.  The main focus of these visits was to motivate students to strive for academic excellence and as well as promoting awareness of CSME and regional integration and HIV/Aids prevention amongst students. 


While on island they also met with the executive of the National Youth Council, the SALCC Student’s Council, and members of UWI Alumni and the Open Campus Student Guild.  The two Ambassadors were also guests on two of the islands most popular talk shows BRAVO and The Agenda hosted by Mr Russel Lake and Mr Dave Samuels respectively.


The overall aim of their visit was to fulfill UWI STAT’s mission of contributing to youth leadership development, regional interaction and integration, HIV/AIDS prevention and the promotion of the University of the West Indies as the University of first choice for tertiary education in the Caribbean.