UWI launches 2020 Giving Campaign to help students affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

August is Global Giving month at The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

The regional University is calling on its community of alumni, partners and friends regionally and internationally to support students whose finances, and that of their parents, have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launching on August 1, the crowdfunding campaign, UWI Global Giving, encourages persons to give small contributions to the University—as little as US$10 online via www.uwi.edu/giving. The collective proceeds will fund scholarships and bursaries for the students in need as The UWI’s new academic year and classes are set to resume at the end of the month.

As part of the University’s commitment to quality, its leadership is taking due diligence in ensuring that no student is left behind at a time when education matters.

According to Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “This is the time to embrace university education. It is not the time to retreat. One step back is to place their future, and that of their family, community and nation on the back burner. We cannot allow that to happen. We are seeking to ensure that every Caribbean student has the opportunity to boldly step forward into academic year 2020-2021 to access the quality education they deserve.”

August 1, is in many Caribbean territories the observance of Emancipation Day, marking the freedom of enslaved Africans who were victims of the transatlantic slave trade. While The UWI honours and pays tribute to that past, it recognises that education is one of the most critical means to freedom and propelling regional development, so UWI Global Giving is themed “Emancipate, Educate, Donate.”

Minna Israel, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Resource Development at The UWI and the Chair of the Global Giving Campaign Committee, stated, “While we understand that this is a trying time for many, we are calling on the spirit of kindness of our Caribbean people in the region and in the diaspora, to come together in this time of crisis, to give whatever they can to assist our students.”

It is estimated that at least 10,000 of The UWI’s current 50,000 students have been functioning in difficult social circumstances because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the University’s senior executive leadership committed to allocating a percentage of their salaries for three months towards a student hardship fund called UWI Cares. While traditionally, UWI Global Giving offers donors a range of options for assigning gifts and contributions to infrastructure and various special projects, the 2020 campaign is focused specifically on supporting the UWI Cares fund for the students.
Throughout the month of August, follow, like and share the 2020 UWI Global Giving campaign on social media at the hashtags #GivetoUWI #UWIGlobalGiving and #UWIGG2020. Persons seeking more information or those who wish to make an alternative contribution to UWI Global Giving can contact the Institutional Advancement Division in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at 876-977-0052 or email giving@alumni.uwi.edu, or visit www.uwi.edu/giving.