UVI Bulletin Board for July and August

The South Dorm of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy of UVI)

UVI Alumna Awarded Prestigious Public Health Fellowship The program provides an opportunity to participate in the policy process at the federal level Berlina Wallace-Berube, a three-time alumna of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), has been named to the 2022-23 cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows.

Wallace-Berube was selected following a national competition among highly accomplished health and behavioral/social science professionals who have an interest in health policy.

“Attending UVI, the only HBCU in the Caribbean has given me a unique perspective,” said Wallace-Berube, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UVI in 2005 and went on to earn master’s degrees in education (2008) and psychology (2016).

“Ms. Wallace’s master’s thesis in psychology asked local teenagers about their memory of being neglected or abused as children and their experience with dating violence. Her results showed that teens who reported being physically neglected or physically or emotionally abused as children were likely to report being victims of teen dating violence. The database generated by her research is a treasure-trove of information that past and future student scholars have accessed and analyzed. Ms. Wallace-Berube has presented her findings at various local and international conferences which has influenced practice and policy,” said Aletha Baumann, Ph.D., who served as Wallace-Berube’s thesis advisor.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

Volunteers remove 4,687 pounds of Trash during Great Mangrove Cleanups on St. John and St. Croix To help reduce marine debris, experts advise individuals to refuse, reduce and reuse single-use plastics.

More than 4,600 pounds of marine debris was removed from mangrove shorelines during the 2022 Great Mangrove Cleanups that took place on May 7, in Coral Bay, St. John and on June 24, in Salt River, St. Croix. A total of 64 community volunteers, ages 3 to 67 participated in the clean ups.

On St. John, the top three items removed were beverage bottles (818, including plastic, glass and cans), plastic pieces (474), and construction materials (238). There were also several weird finds, including the hull of a boat, a car door, two boat rudders, two propane tanks, a scuba tank, 17 flip-flops and other shoes, a GPS unit, a boat propeller, six paddles, and a purse.

On St. Croix, the top three removed items were beverage bottles (794, including plastic, glass and cans), plastic pieces (299), and food wrappers (163). Weird finds in St. Croix’s mangroves included a “Romancing the Wind” DVD, a tiki torch, a fake plant, a plastic doll and a fire extinguisher.

The 2022 St. Thomas and St. Croix Great Mangrove Cleanups were supported in partnership by the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Center for Marine & Environmental Studies, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Coastal Zone Management, Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service, The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI- EPSCoR), Coral Bay Community Council, BushTribe Eco Adventures, Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, Atlantic Trucking, the National Park Service, the National Science Foundation INCLUDES SEAS Islands Alliance, GROEE USVI Mangroves, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Marine Debris and Coral Reef Conservation Programs.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

UVI Hosts Marine Debris Curriculum Workshops for 37 VI Educators The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) hosted two educator workshops on June 28, on St. Thomas and June 30, on St. Croix, to demonstrate hands-on, interactive lessons from the newly released USVI Marine Debris Curriculum. The curriculum includes 12 lessons for middle and high school students and highlights marine debris composition and abundance, sources and transport, impacts and solutions.

It also spotlights 16 locally relevant research projects and individuals working on marine debris issues. The curriculum was co-created by the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research at UVI (VI EPSCoR) and 61 Virgin Islands educators in workshops in 2016 and 2018. Kits are now available on loan with supplies for educators to implement these lessons in the classroom with funding from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (VIDPNR).

Thirty-seven educators attended the workshops from 15 schools across the territory in addition to individuals from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum. Attendees shared that “the hands-on activities were very meaningful” and “no matter what you teach, you can make an impact on the environment with these lessons.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

UVI CELL Program Graduates More Than 50 Certified Public Managers Public servants successfully complete innovative academic and professional development initiative. The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) awarded certificates to 55 graduates of its nationally accredited Certified Public Manager™ program during a virtual ceremony held last month.

The online event was moderated by Suzanne Darrow-Magras, Ph.D., director of the UVI Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) and included reflections on the program by students from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas as well as group presentations by the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John cohorts.

Representatives from Government of the Virgin Islands departments across the territory, including U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. and Director of the Division of Personnel Cindy Richardson, and UVI officials joined the graduates’ friends, families and loved ones in recognizing the students’ successful completion of the comprehensive management development program, which prepares managers for careers in federal, state, local government and in other organizations with a public purpose.

UVI Provost Camille McKayle, Ph.D., addressed the graduating class, encouraging them to “build on the information gained … put [it] into practice. Keep adding value, keep adding to your community, and adding to self,” while also extending appreciation to Haldane Davies, Ph.D., CPM program director for the U.S. Virgin Islands and chair of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium, for his vision.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/