The Embassy of Jamaica, under the patronage of Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, and Dr. Wayne A.I. Fredrick, President of Howard University, last Wednesday, hosted a welcome and networking event at the Embassy for Alumni, current and incoming Jamaican students studying at Howard University. In her opening remarks, Ambassador Marks reminded the audience of the longstanding relationship of over 100 years between Jamaicans and Howard University.
Howard has historically been the University of choice for hundreds of Jamaican citizens, many of whom have remained here in the D.M.V area, or have returned to Jamaica and have done exceptionally well professionally. To the alumni members and current faculty members from Jamaica who are present this evening, as well as to the current Jamaican students – you are all testimonies to this fact.
Ambassador Marks stressed the need for there to be greater support for students from the Community and announced support for plans to establish the Jamaican Howard Alumni Association with a mandate to identifying ways to give back to the institution and also to serve as mentors to current students.
She invited those in attendance to make themselves available to sit on a Committee of Alumni members to work with President Frederick and his team so that as a Community we can support our young Diaspora members.
We need to provide them with the opportunity, where possible, to complete their studies with the hope that they too will give back to others in the years to come.
For his part, President Fredrick lauded the initiative and pledged to provide all the support necessary to see these plans to completion. Don Christian, an Howard Alumni and Diaspora member has been tapped to lead the committee to establish the Jamaican Howard Alumni Association.