Dr Luz Longsworth-New Principal Of UWI Open Campus

Dr Luz Longsworth’s grandmother, Frances, taught her that class has less to do with social status and money than it does with displaying grace in the face of adversity, compassion to others, self-respect and dignity.

Her mother, Dorothy deSouza, taught her what it means to be a strong woman and that true character is built from within and shines with or without external validation.

With the wisdom and leadership of these two women as her foundation, and a grandfather whose influence forced her to have an inquiring mind and not to be afraid of speaking up, there was absolutely nothing to stop this trailblazer.

Longsworth was born to Venezuelan and Jamaican parents. Her mom is the Jamaican in her family, while her dad, JosÈ Rafael Arrieta, although not being part of her upbringing, influenced her love of languages, including Spanish, music and dance.

Sharing the lessons learnt from an early age, the pro vice-chancellor and new principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus told the large audience who witnessed her induction two Thursdays ago in Belize, that her family and friends are the foundation of her stability, values and core principles.

She credited the institution with which she has had a 37-year association for her academic, intellectual and activism skills. Read more

Source: Jamaica Gleaner