Welcome to The University of the West Indies Alumni Association Florida Chapter (UWIAAFL), an alumni association that is dedicated to the advancement of The University of the West Indies (UWI) as a center for excellence and the building of communities in Florida and the Caribbean.

All UWI graduates who reside in Florida, (from the Cave Hill, Mona, Open and St. Augustine campuses) - we invite you to join and become involved!

2020-2022 Executive Committee 


Dr. Cheralee Morgan, uwiaafl@gmail.com 

Ms. Diana Turnbull,  uwiaafl@gmail.com 


Ist Vice-President - Justin Vincent

2nd Vice-President - Donat Grant

Secretary - Dr. Kendra Merchant 

Assistant Secretary - Ms. Miriam White

Co-Public Relations Officers

Dr. Rupert Rhodd & Dr. Sandra Schrouder

Treasurer - Dr. Carmen Nicholas uwiaafl@gmail.com i

Asst. Treasurer

Ms. Miriam White


Immediate Past President: Dr. Carmen Nicholas 


June 29, 2019 - 2nd Annual Reggae and Soca Party - This very enjoyable event had a great turnout. The Hon. Consul for Jamaica, Mr. Oliver Mair, a proud UWI Alumnus  joined the Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI in attending. Additionally the former Mayor of Miiami and many others danced to the music provided by DJ Empress until the wee hours! 

Jan 26, 2019 - Wine Tasting Social - a really fun time was had by all. 

December 1, 2018  – Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations Walkathon

September 22, 2018 – Pelican Award Ceremony

Diecke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Rd, Plantation, FL 33317


June 16, 2018 – 70’s  Fete

St. Benedicts Episcopal Church Hall, 7801 NW 5th St. , Plantation FL 33324

8pm-1am - Donation: $35

March 2018

FIRST 70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT FOR 2018 - 70th Anniversary Church Service - Holy Family Episcopal Church, Miami Gardens

The Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, Mrs. Celia Davidson Francis attended the special Church Service in Miami Gardens with the UWIAA Florida Chapter on Sunday, March 18th. She delivered a Message highlighting developments through the UWI's 70 years and then introduced a video showing the UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckle's 70th Message which was also very well received.  The Chapter members were delighted with the turnout as persons came from West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, and Fort Lauderdale as well. Father Howard Ward is a UWI graduate and welcomed alumni to celebrate. Three other clergy are also UWI graduates.  There was a parade of the flags of the UWI countries to start the service. There were graduates from St. Kitts, and Grenada as well as Jamaicans. The Florida Chapter is enthused by the turnout and this has given us the momentum to really go all out for the remaining 70th activities planned for later in the year. This event helped to raise UWI's profile as it was promoted on radio and our alumna  Pat Montague who has a very popular radio show assisted and will help on a regular basis.  The Chapter President, Dr. Carmen Nicholas noted "We were pleased to present Celia Davidson Francis with a special award during the "Meet and Greet" after the service for her dedication and support of the Florida Chapter."

January 2018 

FORMER UWIAA FLORIDA CHAPTER PRESIDENT PASSES - Mr. Ronald White passed away on January 11, 2018, Ron lead the transition of the Florida chapter from the Guild of Graduates to the Alumni Association. He provided stellar leadership as the first president of UWIAA-FL for multiple terms and gave the chapter a solid foundation. Ron has been sick for several years. However, his dear wife Miriam, also a UWI graduate, has continued to work tirelessly to support the efforts of the chapter. Donations are accepted for the  Ronald & Miriam White Scholarship Fund. Donations may be made as follows:

  •  Checks may be sent to: UWI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (FLORIDA CHAPTER) PO.Box 970313. Coconut Creek, Florida 33097. Please make check payable to UWI Alumni Assoc. Florida Chapter (UWIAAFL) and write Ronald & Miriam White Scholarship fund in memo section. OR  online at www.uwi.edu/alumnionline . Please indicate that the donation is made on behalf of the Florida Chapter Ronald and Miriam White Scholarship Fund

December 2, 2017 - The UWIAA Florida Alumni Walkathon successfully took place.  



REMEMBERING MARGARET BARRETT: Margaret Barrett, Past president and current secretary of the University of the West Indies Alumni Association- FL Chapter  died October 13, 2017.  She was also the former chief administrator of Jamaica National Building Society's office in Tamarac. Margaret was very active in the community and was a stalwart of UWIAA-FL She will be greatly missed. A scholarship fund to support talented but needy UWI students has been established in her name.  If you wish to make a contribution, you make a check out to UWIAA FL Chapter and write in the memo section; Margaret Barrett Scholarship Fund and mail to: UWI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (FLORIDA CHAPTER); P.O. Box 970313' Coconut Creek, FL 33097

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE  UWI GLOBAL GIVING WEEK APPEAL. To all the UWI Alumni and Friends of UWI who donated - Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!  By becoming donors, the individual and collective impact of our UWIAAA FL Chapter will support Research, Innovation, entrepreneurship and the education and preparation of a new generation of global leaders. The overall UWI Global Giving Program, which the Global Giving Week highlights annually; aims to create a culture of sustained philanthropy to UWI across the region/world. Thanks to the following donors for showing their PELICAN PRIDE and for giving!

1. Michael Aitcheson

2. Carl's Seafood

3. Patrick Cha-Fong

4. Dr. C.Biliston Clarke, MD

5. Margaret Barrett

6. Donat Grant

7. Pauline Grant

8. Pat Montague -   Pat Montague Marketing & Promotions    Tel: 954.382.4345

9. Dr. Carmen Nicholas

10. Dr. Rupert Rhodd

11. Georgia Robinson, Esq.

12. Dr. Sandra Schrouder

13. Ben Watson

14. Grace Watson

15. Miriam and Ronald White

16. Mr. & Mrs. Mark White


REMEMBER that the UWIAA Every Dollar Makes A Difference Campaign -under the umbrella of UWI Global Giving - is ongoing. Donations may be made online 24/7 at www.uwi.edu/alumnionline. Please indicate that the donation is on behalf of the Florida Chapter and send an email to the President when you have made your contribution. Checks may be sent to UWI Alumni Association Florida Chapter (UWIAAFL), PO Box 970313, coconut Creek, Florida 33097. Please make check payable to UWI Alumni Association FL with Global Giving in the “memo section.” UWIAAFL is a 501 (C) (3) organization. 

Thanks so much! 





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