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Faculty of Social Sciences

Meet Rahym Augustin-Joseph - Valedictorian

The Faculty congratulates Rahym Augustin-Joseph, valedictorian of class 2022-2023. He received First Class Honours with a GPA of 3.80 on completion of the B.Sc.  Political Science & Law.  Rahym also copped two awards at the Faculty’s Recognition Ceremony - the George Belle award for best student in the Political Science discipline and the Justin Robinson award for academic excellence and outstanding service.

During his tenure in the faculty, Rahym contributed significantly across the campus community, his nation Saint Lucia and the Caribbean region, while maintaining a high level of academic performance. He has served on the Guild of Students Council, as President of UWISTAT and other leadership posts at the UWI.  He led the UWI Cave Hill team at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Mooting Competition 2023, where he received the Inaugural Sir Henry Forde Award for Best Oralist, which was provided to the oralist who showed exemplary advocacy skills during the competition.  The UWI team earned second-place overall and secured the title of Best Academic Institution at the CCJ competition.  Rahym has also represented the UWI in panel discussions and debating competitions such as Virtual Model OAS, among others.

Rahym was one of the youngest to be a part of the OAS Electoral Observer Mission in Grenada in 2021 to observe and make recommendations on improving the electoral and democratic framework. 

Rahym is the Student Assistant at UWITV, where he is responsible for the hosting of Generation Nexx youth program which highlights the contributions of young people across the UWI. He frequently writes in the Barbados Today under a column ‘Outside Looking In’ and continues to represent Saint Lucia on commissions and international summits. He most recently represented the university at the Harvard National Model UN conference in Boston. He is currently pursuing his LLB in the Faculty of Law.