University of West Indies partners with SUNY

The State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are uniting in a partnership to create the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development. The center is aiming to provide services to underserved Caribbean communities offering educational and training programs to the Caribbean and its Diaspora locally and abroad, said the center’s director.

“The objective of the center is to ensure that Caribbean and small island developing state nationals maximize their potential and growth by giving them tools and training to fully access economic opportunit­ies,” said Liz Thompson, executive director of the center.

The dual-institutional effort was formed late last year. One of the center’s goals is to even out racial disparities with opportunities often lacking within the Caribbean community, said Thompson.

“There is research which shows that Black populations, particularly Black men lag behind other ethnic groups in access to and attaining qualifications of tertiary education, which guarantees higher income levels,” she said. “In that regard, without appropriate education and skills, poverty and underdevelopment can become and remain endemic and widespread amongst Caribbean populations.” Read more

Source: Caribbean Life News