As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of The UWI (1948-2018), The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office (IGDS, RCO), in association with the Office of the Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) conceived a regional project entitled Celebrating UWI Women. The project is geared at highlighting the significant contribution and outstanding achievements of women who have graduated from the various campuses of The UWI since its inception.. It has been documented that women, including those educated at The UWI have made widespread and lasting contributions towards our societies, regionally and internationally. In recognition of the invaluable contributions that these women have made, and in celebration of The UWI’s 70th Anniversary, the IGDS took the opportunity to honor 70+ Outstanding UWI Women. This project grew out of the desire, as well as a sense of responsibility, to showcase the exceptional women that The UWI has produced, in diverse fields, on all of its Campuses. One individual was been selected to represent each class from 1948 to the present. Through their history-making work and dedication, these women have contributed to and improved the quality of life for the peoples of the Caribbean region and beyond. In the end, 77 women who graduated from UWI between 1953 and 2017 were selected. The criteria for selection are listed below.
- Candidates must be female.
- Graduate of The UWI between 1948 and 2017.
- Women from across disciplines, and levels of degree.
- Degrees may have been obtained at another University, before or after graduating from The UWI.
- Candidates may be employed anywhere in the world.
- Candidates must be successful in their field(s) of endeavor.
- Impact and contribution to their respective field of study/work, community and country.
Members of all the campuses were invited to submit names of exceptional women graduates, and then a diverse committee, comprising members from each of the campuses, scored the nominees based on both their national and international reach. Dr Sylvia Mitchell, a member of SVIB, was among one of seventy-seven women selected. Each honoree from The UWI Mona Campus selected received a plaque, red rose, and special chocolates at an event held in Jamaica on February 14th, 2019. A similar event was held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 to celebrate those from the St Augustine campus.