News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. May 4, 2018: Guyana’s top tertiary institution, The University of Guyana, is tapping into its Diaspora, with the launch of a Diasporic association.
Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, said the move is to continue efforts to transform the institution through ‘Education Resource Ambassadors’ who are patriots and individuals in Guyana and in the Diaspora, irrespective of whether or not they are alumni or former faculty and staff of the university.
The group will be headed by Allison Skeete, who will serve as president. The First Vice President is Leslie Stewart while the Second Vice President is Philip Smith. Other members of the leadership team are: Secretary – Dr. Terrence Blackman; Assistant Secretary: Ms. Karen A. Wharton; Treasurer: Dr. Rosalind October-Edun; Public Relations Officer: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine; Parliamentarian: Dr. Frank Denbow; Executive Committee Member – Dr. Candace Cummings and Executive Committee Member: Kishore Seaunarine
The team has been working as members of the Alumni and Friends of The University of Guyana (AFOUG), which recently secured a non-profit status and host their inaugural fund-raising gala which provided a donation of US $2,500 to the Vice Chancellors’ Fund at UG.
The Vice Chancellor’s Fund has served 11-13 students and staff who lost their homes to fire in 2017, with each being presented $100,000-GYD to assist them in recovery from their losses.