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The UWI in the Community

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bringing The UWI into the community.

That has been the aim of the Community Talks series, which forms part of the University’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

The series kicked off on March 3, 2018 with a discussion on disaster preparedness at the Valley Resource Centre in St. George. The talk was chaired by Dr. Janice Cumberbatch, Lecturer in Social and Environmental Management at The UWI, with panelists Neil Hutchinson, Chartered Architect and Managing Director of Studio Blue Architects; Captain Robert Harewood, Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Barry Luke, Claims Manager at Massy Insurance.

Four additional community talks were held on this topic. Dr. Nicola Hunte, UWI Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, chaired the discussion at Weston Resource Centre in St James on March 4, 2018. The panel comprised Dr. Yvonne Weekes, UWI Lecturer; Robert O'neale, Architect at Design Collaborative and Dr. Joan Latchman, seismologist and Director of The UWI Seismic Research Centre.

The third Community Talk was held at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, St. Joseph on March 10, 2018. The chairperson was Dr. Adrian Cashman, Director of CERMES and Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Management at The UWI. The panel consisted of Jeremy Stephens, Lecturer in Economics at The UWI; Lt Col. Trevor Browne, Engineer; Kerry Hinds, Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Tilia Wilkinson, Sales Representative at ICBL.

Princess Margaret Secondary School was the venue for the final talk on disaster preparedness, held on March 18, 2018. Lecturer at The UWI Alvin Carter chaired the panel which included the voices of Dr. Yvonne Weekes; architect Gordon Ashby; Mark Blakeley, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Sagicor General Inc. and Mr. Clive Lorde who is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist.

Along with the focus on disaster preparedness, the Community Talks addressed the debate on traditional Western medicine and natural medicine on March 24, 2018 at the Christ Church Foundation School. That panel comprised Dr. Natalie Greaves, general practitioner; Dr. Ambadasu Bharatha, a UWI lecturer in pharmacology; herbalist Ras Ils, and pharmacist Paul Gibson.

Chair of the local 70th anniversary planning committee, Dr. Henderson Carter, said the talks were created to engage and educate Barbadians on topics of social, economic and political importance. “It is a good way to get in the community and to get a footprint into the community so people get to know us and they can connect in a serious way to The University of the West Indies,” he added.

In addition to the Community Talks, there will also be Community Lectures in Grenada, Antigua and St Vincent and the Grenadines later this year.

“We draw a lot of students from the OECS countries and it is important to have a grounding there,” Carter explained of the decision to have the initiative in the Eastern Caribbean. “If we are celebrating 70 years, we also should celebrate with them.”

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Pictured: A section of the audience at Belleplaine, St. Andrew










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