SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development


Marking an historic entry into the global market, on September 20, 2016, The UWI partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to launch the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development at the SUNY Global Center in New York.

l-r: SUNY Empire State College President Merodie A. Hancock, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall, UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright and UWI Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Richard Bernal.

The Center, which has garnered strong support from the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), builds on areas identified in previous UWI-SUNY agreements while also including research relevant to democratic participation, leadership, and governance, with a focus on solutions to specific problems constraining the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and also focus on serving groups that have faced barriers to equal opportunities.

At the Center, joint teams of UWI and SUNY experts will take a multi-disciplinary approach and draw on external expertise towards:

  • The creation of a master’s program in leadership and sustainable development,
  • Solutions-oriented research,
  • Student advocacy and mobilization of the Caribbean diaspora,
  • Establishment of an expert network, and
  • Facilitation of a think tank.

The Center will focus on training and programs intended to reach and empower underserved populations and members of the Caribbean and SIDS diasporas so as create greater upward mobility and economic growth. The Center will offer both short term and degree programs primarily in an online format in the initial stages.

The Center is governed by an advisory board consisting of academic experts, foundation and development professionals and administrative leaders from The UWI and SUNY. It is located at 325 Hudson Street in Manhattan, one of SUNY Empire State College’s three New York City locations.

For more information about the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development contact:
Elizabeth Thompson
Interim Executive Director
Tel: (646)-230-1294
Email: OR

A Center of this nature is required to provide innovative solutions to the underlying problems that ultimately constrain the achievement of sustainable human development in the wider Caribbean and in the urban areas of New York State, in which there is a substantial Caribbean diaspora that is served by SUNY.
- UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles