Dr. Daniel Flynn Appointed New Director of Faculty Development

Continuing its mission of developing the teaching and learning skills of its faculty, St. George’s University recently appointed Dr. Daniel Flynn as its new Director of Faculty Development. Dr. Flynn comes to SGU from Chapman University, Orange, California, where he served as the Assistant Director of Chapman’s Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and brings with him over 13 years of teaching experience and a PhD in Educational Policy and Social Context.

In his new role, Dr. Flynn hopes to “support faculty in their pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and learning.” This includes providing campus-wide workshops, individual consultations, and the formation of a faculty advisory committee with representatives from each school in the near future.

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“My goal is for the University to be recognized as an institute of higher learning that has all the attributes that are expected of a higher learning institution, with an established reputation for both strong student support and faculty support,” Dr. Flynn said.

Expanding on SGU’s previous model of faculty development, one of Dr. Flynn’s first priorities was to change the name of the “Let’s Talk Teaching” seminars to “Let’s Talk Teaching and Learning.”

“According to Tom Angelo and Patricia Cross from Classroom Assessment Techniques, teaching without learning is just talking,” stated Dr. Flynn. “Faculty development is far more than just voluntary participation in weekly topical discussions.”

Additionally, Dr. Flynn plans to develop a Faculty Scholars Program, where he would teach a class on pedagogy, highlighting the details of curricular design and instruction in order to cultivate a community of trained higher education researchers — on-site faculty and throughout the campus. “I hope to have a community of faculty developers rather than just an office of faculty development,” said Dr. Flynn.

Ultimately, Dr. Flynn’s vision for St. George’s also includes being recognized by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), which is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education; and ensuring that St. George’s University is viewed as an institution that’s focused on being on the cutting edge of faculty development as well as student development.

Originally a psychology major, Dr. Flynn obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, followed by a master’s degree in clinical social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. However, it wasn’t until his second bachelor’s degree in 2009 and a successful career in teaching that he discovered his second career path.

Dr. Flynn’s doctoral training was, in his own words, “learning how to make people who are expert researchers, engineers, or MDs into teachers, that was my new mission in life, especially since it’s not a regular part of doctoral training to be taught how to lecture, teach, test or create curriculum.” He has been the recipient of numerous teaching research awards including; the Future of the Field Award, Civic and Community Engagement Program, UC Irvine, in 2014 and the Graduate and Professional Student Development (GPSD) Award, Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network, Seattle, Washington, in 2012. He has also been a member of POD, the Association for Institutional Research, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning since 2011.

Published on 2/5/16

St. George’s University Academic Enhancement Program Honored by National Academic Advising Association

The Academic Enhancement Program at St. George’s University was selected to receive the 2015 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit Award by The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The NACADA Annual Awards Program honors people, programs, institutions, and innovations in technology resulting in improvement of academic advising and student-related support services.

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The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) team plans to fly to Las Vegas, NV, to attend NACADA’s 39th Annual Conference from October 4-7 where it will receive the Certificate of Merit Award in person. According to Dr. Sara Rabie, Director of Student Academic Support and Development and Associate Dean of Students at SGU, winning the award not only brings awareness to the entire SGU community of the AEP’s role but also lets prospective students know how invested SGU is in supporting its students.

“The transition into medical and veterinary medical school is challenging for most students; however, by being proactive, all of available resources are leveraged to help students make a quick adjustment and allow them to reach their full academic potential,” she said. “We’ve seen the program work and we’re pleased that it has been recognized at this level for its innovation and quality.”

Initiated in 1997, the Academic Enhancement Program is a student support program administered by the Department of Educational Services (DES) at St. George’s for students in their first year in the Schools of Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. In the last four years, more than 2,300 medical students have been enrolled in the AEP at St. George’s with more than 90 percent of participating students recommending the program. Despite the large number of participants, the AEP prides itself on providing individual attention to each student through a network of administrators, faculty advisors, learning strategists, facilitators, and peer mentors.

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“Connectedness is really important to success,” said Dr. Rabie. “When the number of students participating in the program grew, it prompted a change in the system. In collaboration with SGU’s Dean of Student’s Office, faculty advising has become one of the most significant components of the AEP. Now there are 8-10 students per academic advisor in addition to being assigned two ‘term buddies.’ We’ve found that being part of a smaller group is essential for achieving positive results.”

NACADA is a US-based international organization that represents more than 11,000 members from all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other international countries. Members include faculty, advisors, counselors, administrators and students all working to promote and support quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. St. George’s University has twice won the Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit Award before, first in 2003 for its SOM pre-medical program, becoming the first Caribbean institution outside of Puerto Rico to be recognized. In 2011, NACADA acknowledged SGU’s Supplemental Learning Program.

Queen’s Medal Awarded to Lord Soulsby

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Bestows Highest Honor Upon Friend of St. George’s University

Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior has been awarded the Queen’s Medal – the highest honor that can be bestowed on a veterinary surgeon by Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

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A former president of both the RCVS and the Royal Society of Medicine, Lord Soulsby was given the medal “in recognition of his outstanding life-time contribution to veterinary science and the profession, above and beyond the call of duty.”

Lord Soulsby has, for many years, had a close association with St. George’s University, Grenada. He was a former chair of the University’s academic board and chaired St. George’s Trust in the UK.

He was also President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), a scientific research center with its headquarters on St. George’s University’s True Blue campus.

“We congratulate Lord Soulsby on this outstanding honor,” commented St. George’s University’s Chancellor, Dr. Charles R Modica. “He has made an enormous contribution to the reputation of our University and the award of the Queen’s Medal is justly deserved.”

Lord Soulsby was given the award by Professor Stuart Reid, the then President and now Senior Vice-President of the RCVS on the occasion of the College’s Annual General Meeting and awards’ day.

Professor Reid said, “Lord Soulsby has had a truly exceptional career, which in several respects is unique in its achievements, not least bridging the worlds of medical and veterinary science. He has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of veterinary science to society and is admired not only for his intellect, hard work and breadth of interests, but also his endearing personality.”

He added, “He has given an outstanding service to the profession, to veterinary science and to animal welfare and he has enhanced the reputation of the profession immeasurably.”

Accepting the award, Lord Soulsby said, “Looking back on my career, membership of the RCVS has carried me to many countries in the world and all the work I have enjoyed, and I hope that I have been able to progress veterinary medicine and ‘one health’ in all of those places.”

St. George’s University Welcomes High School and College Students to the 2015 Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy

Hands on Activities Provide Students with an Introduction to Medical and Veterinary Medical Careers

Successfully balancing a challenging academic program with extracurricular activities, 81 students recently participated in St. George’s University Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy, a summer program on the True Blue Campus in Grenada, West Indies for college and high school students interested in exploring a career in medicine or veterinary medicine.

Students from the United States, England, Canada, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tortola, and Grenada participated in activities that highlighted the culture and beauty of Grenada in addition to courses that combined didactic lectures, small-group problem solving sessions, practical lab work in state-of-the art facilities, and hands-on training through simulated and real-life situations.

Attending this year’s Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy were Matt and Maria Coppola, a brother and sister duo interested in internal medicine and veterinary medicine respectively. As the children of Drs. Matthew and Carmela Coppola, who met at SGU and were both part of SGUSOM’s graduating class of 1984, the beautiful St. George’s True Blue campus overlooking the Caribbean Sea seemed all too familiar to them.

“We’ve spent our entire lives hearing stories about how our parents met each other for the first time here at SGU and what an amazing experience they both had while going to school here,” said Matt, a pre-med senior majoring in bio-chemistry. “This has been an incredible experience, not only did we learn about what it would be like to attend classes here but we also had a lot of fun exploring Grenada through snorkeling, hiking and island touring,” said Maria, a pre-vet sophomore studying biology.

Now in its thirteenth year, both the Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy provides college students the added benefit of Medical Leadership concepts integrated into the curriculum with an introduction to international health care systems, global public health issues, and the concept of “One Health, One Medicine” as it affects healthcare delivery throughout the world.

The high school student program ran for ten days from June 24 to July 3 while the Medical Leadership component of the college student program ran for 12 days from June 8-19. Qualified students are eligible for college credit through the School of Arts and Sciences.

St. George’s University Hosts 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the CARPHA Health Research Conference

Caribbean Health Professional Focus on Violence and Injury Prevention as Urgent Public Health Issue

Caribbean nations’ health professionals recently gathered at St. George’s University to discuss violence and injuries prevention as an urgent public health and development issue at the 60th Annual Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Conference.

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St. George’s University (SGU) in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Grenada and the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) partnered together to host the conference and 14 satellite conferences at its True Blue Campus in June. The region’s leading authorities in health research, and the Deans and Directors of most of the regions leading academic and research institutions were in attendance.

Addressing 200 delegates at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Health, the Honorable Nicholas Steele, welcomed the largest group of CARPHA delegates to Grenada and stated that their deliberations and outcomes had important economic implications for the region.
“Spending $100.00 on prevention today is repaid many times over in the prevention of disease at a later time” said the Honorable Minister Steele.

Dr. James Hospedales, the Executive Director of CARPHA stated that the conference was now the longest running health research conference in the entire region, and Dr. Donald Simeon, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Research of CARPHA, reported that a special edition of the West Indian Medical Journal would be produced highlighting how the research presented at the conference had been translated into policy.

Dr. Calum Macpherson, Vice Provost of SGU and Director of WINDREF, highlighted the evolution of the University since the last time the CARPHA Conference was held in Grenada in 2004.

“The University has grown enormously since the last time we hosted the conference with our accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for our DVM program and accreditation of our MPH program from the Council on Education for Public Health accreditation,” Dr. Macpherson said.

He also highlighted that the largest number of students in conference history had attended, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet many of the leading authorities in health research from the region and internationally.

The Master of Ceremonies, Dr. George Mitchell, Grenada’s Chief Medical Officer, shared his enthusiasm for co-hosting the Conference. “The CARPHA Conference is a partnership which holds great promise for translating research into policy for the benefit of the peoples of the region,” he said.

A record number of over 178 oral and poster presentations were made during the conference covering the theme of “Violence and Injuries Prevention: an Urgent Public Health and Development Issue’” as well as other research topics relevant to the Caribbean region such as communicable diseases like Chikungunya. SGU’s faculty, students and collaborators contributed 28 oral and poster presentations to the meeting.

Dr. Donald T. Simeon, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Research, Training and Policy Development, CARPHA shared his thoughts on the importance of the conference as, “a treasured standard-bearer for the protection of the health of the Caribbean peoples that has stood the test of time. I am privileged to have been associated with the Conference first as a researcher, then as Scientific Secretary and now as Director of Research. We are well poised for 60 more years of service; facilitating the generation and uptake of the research evidence required for improved health and wellness.”

The conference was preceded by 14 satellite meetings and these together with the health research conference brought more than 250 delegates from all the CARICOM countries, the US, the UK and Canada. The satellite meetings comprised The Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Meeting which was chaired by Dr. Rudolph Cummings, MD, MPH, to which 16 CARICOM CMO’s attended. The Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, Data Analysis Workshop, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Built Environment, Evidence Informed Policy Workshop, Policy Dialogue/Research to Policy, Launch of Evidence, School Debate, Research Advisory Committee Meeting, Regional Communications Meeting, and a Town Hall Meeting, which was held in Gouyave. During the banquet at the end of the Conference Professors Fletcher (Dean of Medicine, UWI Mona), Susan Walker (Director, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Jamaica), and David Chadee, UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, were honoured for their outstanding contributions to health research in the region.

“The hosting of all the satellite meetings and the conference afforded many opportunities for informal discussions on forging future research partnerships and collaborations” said Dr. Cal Macpherson, Director of Research for SGU. “We welcome the development of partnerships within the region” said Dr. Pensick, Provost of SGU, and it was a pleasure to have so many regional health care professionals visit our campus.

The CARPHA Conference is the largest health research conference in the English speaking Caribbean with participants comprised of researchers, policy makers and health care providers. The Caribbean Public Health Agency is a merger of five previous regional health institutions (RHIs) namely the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and the Caribbean Research Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).
Next year’s CARPHA Conference will be held in the Turks and Caicos.


UNFCCC RCC – St. George’s Promotes Clean Technology Business Opportunities

The effects of human activity on climate change, especially rising sea levels, are particularly devastating to coastal regions and island nations. In light of this, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Regional Collaborating Center based at St. George’s University (UNFCCC RCC – St. George’s) recently held a workshop highlighting opportunities for clean technologies that can ultimately help stem climate change while also providing economic benefit to countries and businesses through the chance to participate in the carbon market.

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“The UNFCCC RCC – St. George’s can help businesses tap into trade in the carbon market by connecting them with governments and institutions that are buying emission reduction credits from clean technology projects,” said Dr. Karla Solis-Garcia, Team Lead of UNFCCC RCC – St. George’s.

When businesses and governments implement clean technology projects or reduce their emissions in different ways, they will earn credits which can then be sold in what is known as the carbon market. The workshop, which targeted businesses, governments, and other stakeholders from Grenada and the Caribbean, addressed how to secure funding, and gain financial reward for implementing clean technology projects. It also brought together holders of existing clean development mechanism, or CDM, projects in the Caribbean to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences.

One of the workshop’s highlights was a presentation by Peer Stiansen, Norwegian Ministry of Environment, whose government seeks to buy clean technology emission reduction credits – just one of the opportunities for Caribbean businesses and governments to earn returns on their climate-saving projects. There are more than 20 projects currently underway in the Caribbean, all of which are registered under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism and have the potential to trade their emission reduction credits in the carbon market. The hotel, transportation, and waste management industries, as well as others with high energy consumption levels, are all well placed to benefit from opportunities presented at the workshop.

“Taking care of the environment is an investment that can bring significant financial returns,” said Dr. Solis-Garcia. “Funds are available through various channels that will provide investment to implement clean technologies, and these technologies can be financially feasible in the long run. RCC St. George’s mission is to provide technical support to those businesses interested in taking part of the shift to a cleaner economic path.”

For information on how to become a part of this initiative, persons may contact UNFCCC RCC – St. George’s via email at rccstgeorges@unfccc.int, telephone at +1 473 553 88 25, or through its website.

BSEC Forum Brings Caribbean Issues to the Fore

At the annual conference of the Bioethics Society of the English-Speaking Caribbean (BSEC) held on November 16 at St. George’s University (SGU) and hosted by SGU’s Bioethics Department, speakers delved into a wide range of topics relevant to the Caribbean, including child abuse and corporal punishment. Dr. Barbara Landon, neuropsychologist and Associate Professor at St. George’s University, along with colleague Ms. Lauren Orlando, presented on the topic.

“Even though there are all kinds of laws to protect adults against assault, the rights of children in the Caribbean are not fully protected despite the fact that every country is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Dr. Landon. Dr. Landon has taken a special interest in the effects of corporal punishment on children and cited the research supporting the negative effects child abuse has on the developing brain, her area of expertise. “The agreement is profound throughout the literature: corporal punishment has a huge effect on both mental and physical health.”

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Dr. Landon and Ms. Orlando encouraged using alternative methods of discipline. “There are so many more skillful ways to raise children, discipline them, and teach them right from wrong that do not include hitting,” said Ms. Orlando. “If parents and children are not given better examples of how to discipline, the cycle of violence will continue.”

In addition to demonstrating the effects of severe corporal punishment on the brain— which include reduced executive function, decreased IQ, and increased likelihood of mental disorders, the team discussed some of the archaic laws, relics of the Caribbean’s history of colonialism, which permit corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment was only one of several topics discussed at the BSEC forum by experts in various fields. Topics included bio-similar pharmaceuticals, high-technology in medicine, climate change, conservation, clinical ethics, and student consumerism. A diverse mix of nationalities and professions were represented by presenters and audience members. Among those delivering presentations were Dr. Cheryl CoxMacpherson, BSEC President and Chair of SGU’s Bioethics Department; Dr. Derrick Aarons, consultant bioethicist and Past President of BSEC; Dr. Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative at NYU; and Dr. Sean Philpott, Director of  the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College.

Dr. Macpherson, BSEC President, was very pleased at the outcome of this year’s event. “I am always genuinely fascinated by the content and quality of the talks at our annual fora and this one as much as ever,” she commented. “The beauty of it is that although we come from so many different disciplines, we try to find a common language where we can learn from each other and provide fresh insight. This forum has brought these issues to a broad range of people so with respect to the health impacts of climate change, for example, we can all begin to think about both mitigation and adaptation.”

BSEC, established in 2006 by founding members from several Caribbean states, aims to increase knowledge and understanding of bioethics through promoting and fostering deliberations across the English-speaking Caribbean and through international collaboration. Its goal is to make a significant contribution to the overall development and implementation of bioethics in human and animal healthcare, research and policy-making. The next BSEC annual forum will be hosted in Jamaica in 2014.

St. George’s University and Mahidol University International College in Thailand Announce Joint Partnership

University to offer Dual Degree BS/MD Program for Premed Students

St. George’s University has joined with Mahidol University International College (MUIC) in Salaya, Thailand, to offer students an opportunity to obtain a dual BS/MD degree. Through the partnership, qualified students will be able to pursue a career in medicine at St. George’s University (SGU) following successful completion of three years of premedicine at Mahidol University.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to premed students at Mahidol University,” said Margaret Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning at St. George’s University. “Mahidol University is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Thailand, and its International College, like St. George’s University, is committed to the benefits of a truly international education.  We are a good fit for the training of doctors in the 21st century. We look forward to the addition of the MUIC students to the fabric of our True Blue campus.”

newsmahidolApplicants interested in the dual degree program must meet all admission requirements of Mahidol University (MUIC) and St. George’s University School of Medicine program. Once admitted to the dual degree program, and after successfully completing three years of undergraduate study at MUIC, qualified students will proceed to the first year of the medical program at St. George’s University. Upon successful completion of the first year of the MD program at SGU, qualified students will have fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree from MUIC and will be eligible to complete the remaining three years of study at SGU leading to the MD degree.

In addition to the partnership with Mahidol University, St. George’s maintains partnerships in the United States and United Kingdom with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Albert Dorman Honors CollegeSt. Michael’s Medical CenterCaldwell CollegeFranklin Pierce UniversitySt. Thomas UniversityUniversity of the SciencesMonmouth University, Widener UniversityNorthumbria UniversityAbbey DLD Group of Colleges, and University of the West of England. The University has similar partnerships with schools in Canada, Bermuda, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, and Uganda.

About St. George’s University 
St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University’s over 14,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region.

About Mahidol University International College
Initially established in 1986 as the International Students Degree Program (ISDP), Mahidol University International College (MUIC) was Thailand’s first international bachelor’s degree program at a public university with its mission to produce well-rounded graduates and to excel in broad international education research and academic services for the benefit of humankind. MUIC maintains a strong liberal arts focus and promotes a learning culture that prepares its students to meet the challenges of living and working in a diverse and globalized world.

St. George’s University, Regis College Announce Combined Degree Program

Students at Regis College, a private, liberal arts institution in Weston, Massachusetts, now have the opportunity to fast-track their medical or veterinary medical education through a new combined degree program forged with St. George’s University this fall.

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Through the partnership, students who complete three years of pre-medicine or pre-veterinary medicine coursework at Regis and meet admission standards can enter St. George’s University’s medical or veterinary medical programs. Upon finishing their first basic sciences year at SGU, they will have fulfilled the requirements for their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor or Science degree from Regis, and be on track to obtain their MD or DVM with three additional years of study.

All together, they will have earned both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in seven years, one fewer year than the traditional path.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in medicine or veterinary medicine to receive a well-rounded education and reach their goals,” said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor at St. George’s University. “By the time they have completed their coursework here and at Regis, they will have been trained to establish and maintain a successful career and make an impact in their chosen field.”

To qualify, pre-medical students must meet grade point average and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) requirements as well as all other admission standards at SGU to be promoted. Pre-veterinary medical students must maintain a competitive GPA and register a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in addition to meeting SGU’s admission criteria.

“This agreement creates a direct acceptance into St. George’s and gives our undergraduates a tremendous opportunity to continue his or her educational path into medical or veterinary school while having a global experience,” said David Gilmore, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Regis.

Students must express interest in the combined degree program upon entering Regis. After completing three years at Regis, they may choose to finish their degree at Regis and proceed to SGU thereafter, contingent upon meeting the prerequisite standards at SGU.

Regis College is a multifaceted Catholic university in greater Boston with 2100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides a pre-school and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu.

St. George’s University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from over 140 countries to the island of Grenada, West Indies. St. George’s is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University has contributed over 14,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals who are studying across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.

SGU Faculty Member Helps Secure Grant to Groom New Conservation Leaders

A $125,000 grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for a new leadership-training program based at St. George’s University has ensured that young conservationists will be prepared to lead the region toward establishing and maintaining healthy, functional ecosystems for many years to come. Set to begin in May 2015, the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) program aims to jumpstart the careers of 20 young professionals by teaching them the skills to launch, develop, and implement successful conservation campaigns, while connecting them with existing leaders in the field.

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“We hope to facilitate the development and empowerment of capable individuals by equipping them with the essential skills to be future leaders in the realm of conservation,” said Dr. Andrea Easter-Pilcher, a Professor in SGU’s Department of Biology, Ecology, and Conservation and one of three Academic Advisors on CLiC’s Board of Directors. “The participants will be working over international borders on project teams made up of other young leaders from different countries, which will provide valuable experience they can take with them in their careers.”

CLiC expands upon a two-year pilot leadership-training program, Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation (CEWCL), which mimicked the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) training program, a successful venture in the US for the past decade. CLiC candidates must be Caribbean or Latin American residents and have completed their bachelor’s degree in a related field. Selectees will be broken up into five teams, and each team will launch a research conservation initiative with the help of an assigned mentor. A second training session will take place at SGU in May 2016, and the participants will graduate from the program in October 2016. Throughout the eighteen- month period, students will work collaboratively toward the initiative’s end goal of effective regional networking and action to achieve sustainable conservation across the region.

The program is funded by the USFWS Division of International Conservation’s Wildlife Without Borders program. Grant funds will be used predominantly to facilitate travel and lodging for participants taking academic courses within the program’s curriculum, as well as stipends for course professors. Dr. Easter-Pilcher hopes that, like its counterpart in the US, the CLiC training program will become a recurring opportunity for emerging conservation leaders in the region, including graduates of SGU’s marine, wildlife, and conservation biology program.

“The investment being made will pay dividends for marine and terrestrial conservation across the Caribbean and Latin America by strengthening professional conservation capacity of emerging leaders,” Dr. Easter-Pilcher said. “Successful graduates of the program are expected to take up leadership roles in their home countries as well as hold their own in the international conservation arena.”

The CLiC program is directed by Nadra Nathai-GyanConservation Advisor to the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She and Dr. Easter-Pilcher are joined on the Board of Directors by Kelvin Alie, Washington DC Program Director, Wildlife Trade, International Fund for Animal Welfare; Dr. Leo Douglas, President, BirdsCaribbean; Michelle Behnam, Producer, Discovery Learning Alliance; and Dr. Heather E. Eves, Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University, and Professorial Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University. The board will enlist the help of many experts and known conservationists in the region who have expressed interest in participating as mentors, trainers, or in another capacity.

“CLiC is an initiative that was long overdue,” Ms. Nathai-Gyan said. “Among its many merits is the opportunity it affords for those of us in the Caribbean who have attained leadership attributes to transfer our skills and knowledge to those whom we are now entrusting our natural heritage.”