What is a Virgin Islander? V.I. Studies Collective to Host Forum Series

The V.I. Studies Collective — a group of scholars, artists, and community advocates — invites the community to a series of public forums on each island to discuss a set of critical questions that are important to us, the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The schedule is as follows:

St. John – Wednesday, April 10, 4pm-6pm at Bajo el Sol, Mongoose Junction

St. Thomas – Thursday, April 11, 4-6pm at Sabroso Restaurant, Waterfront

St. Croix – Saturday, April 13, 11:30-1:00 at UVI Campus the Great Hall

What does it mean to be a Virgin Islander? What makes the Virgin Islands unique? How can the Virgin Islands community, on the island and in the diaspora, help create a vibrant and engaged future for the Virgin Islands? These are defining questions—the types that strike a chord and lead to robust conversations with friends, family members, and colleagues in the territory. As U.S. Virgin Islanders, our attempts to broach these subjects are essential to our present and future wellbeing. Together, we can explore these important questions.

The Virgin Islands Studies Collective consists of Tiphanie Yanique, La Vaughn Belle and Drs. Tami Navarro and Hadiya Sewer. VISCO is asking the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands to weigh in on the meaning of being a Virgin Islander.

If you are–or know of–an artist, activist, community organizer, cultural bearer, political leader, genealogist, researcher, writer or simply a curious and invested resident, please join us! VISCO aims to present the ways we are trying to address these questions and to engage with others who have been or are interested in thinking about and answering these questions.

The V.I. Studies Collective (from left) La Vaughn Belle, Tiphanie Yanique, Hadiya Sewer, Tami Navarro. (Submittedphoto)