Year of the Caribbean: Exploring the Caribbean Diaspora

By Suzanne Lazar ’16, graduate student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

February 8, 2018

The Year of the Caribbean, part of the SUNY Empire State College Year of Cultural Initiative, continues with Caribbean flare at another great event.

The Black Male Initiative (BMI) will bepresenting an exciting afternoon Exploring the Caribbean Diaspora on Saturday, Feb 24, 12:30 p.m. at SUNY Empire State College 325 Hudson St., 3rd Floor Gallery New York, NY 10013.

Diaspora is a dispersed population whose root and ancestry sits inside a smaller geographic area.  The

Caribbean diaspora is an affluent demographic a healthy interest in investing in its countries of origin. From the World Bank news: “There is nearly one person living abroad in the Diaspora to every person still resident within the Caribbean, making the Diaspora an untapped potential resource for economic development

BMI also welcomes to the event, special keynote speaker Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor at the University of the West Indies, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission.  Beckles is the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies and assumed this role in 2015.  His involvement with the college, prior to filling the Vice-Chancellor role, include serving the university as Professor of Economic History, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies, and Principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

“Sir Hilary has had a distinguished career as an academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment.

He joined The University of the West Indies in 1979 after completing doctoral studies at the University of Hull. In short time, as a result of a distinguished record of published research, he was promoted to the rank of Reader and at the age of 36 became the university’s youngest scholar to be promoted to a personal chair. Shortly thereafter he won the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Award for excellence in the field of research. Professor Beckles has had several visiting appointments, including Senior Commonwealth Fellow at London University, and scholar in residence at New York University’s Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Sir Hilary has had widespread Caribbean and global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise. He serves on many United Nations Committees and Advisory panels.” Read more in the Vice Chancellery section of the UWI website.

As part of this event there will be a faculty panel -  Nadine Wedderburn, Ph.D., SUNY Empire, Schenectady; Rosalind October-Edun, Ph.D., SUNY Empire, Brooklyn; Lear Matthews, DSW, SUNY Empire, Manhattan, discussing topics of:

  • The Caribbean Diaspora and Immigrant Organizations
  • Pondering Caribbean Identity – At Home and Abroad
  • Adjustment Issues of Caribbean Immigrants in the Diaspora

The event will also feature beautiful Caribbean art, entertainment and a taste of the Caribbean. 

Registration for this event is free.  For additional information, please email or call 917-468-9840



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