UWI Alumni Advocates eager to increase alumni engagement

UWI Alumni Advocates eager to increase alumni engagement

The University of the West Indies has been increasing alumni engagement over the past 10 years and will augment involvement as it approaches its 70th Anniversary in 2018. The Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, based at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Celia Davidson Francis, has been working strategically to raise awareness about the importance of Alumni Relations. She is pleased to promote the appointment of Carmen Nicholas PhD, President of the UWI Alumni Association (UWIAA) Florida Chapter as the UWIAA Alumnus Representative at the University level from August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2019 and Mr. Craig Tuckett, UWIAA President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chapter, who will operate as the UWIAA Council Representative at the University level from August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018.

They will represent alumni at the Annual Business Meeting of the University Council and Senate, as well as on various University committees and will advocate for alumni collaboration. The encouragement of the involvement of young, professional and established alumni regionally, in the life of the four UWI campuses will be advanced; and Carmen and Craig will also work with the Director to ensure the engagement of the international UWIAA Chapters.

Carmen is an Early Childhood Education Specialist at the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County in Florida, USA. She holds at Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the UWI Mona and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Developmental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University She specializes in curriculum development, programme development and teaching and is also a member of the National Black Child Development Institute and the Jamaican Women of Florida. Craig has just completed his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the UWI, St. Augustine and attends the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School. He also holds a Diploma in National Development from Fu Hsing Kang College; Pei-tou, Republic of China (Taiwan) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness Management from the UWI , St. Augustine. He worked for five years for the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Commerce, Sports, Culture & National Festivals as Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Minister. He is the Managing Director of the Tuckett Group of Companies Ltd.

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