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UWI IGDS talks Race, Gender Justice and Caribbean Masculinities

For Release Upon Receipt - May 26, 2022

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, May 26, 2022 - The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Regional Graduate Research Symposium. Presentations by eight graduate students will be showcased from across three IGDS Units and UWI Campuses (Nita Barrow Unit, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; Regional Coordinating Office, Mona Campus, Jamaica; and St Augustine Unit, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago) under the themes 1) Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities; 2) Race. Gender. Body. Media; and 3) Love, Leadership and Gender Justice.

As a regional teaching institute, the IGDS has embarked on close to 30 years of cutting edge pedagogical innovations in the broad area of gender and development studies. For the IGDS, knowledge production for Caribbean development is not only done through the research and publication of staff members, but through the keen work of graduate students. It is important for such graduate work to be showcased to a regional audience in order to show the innovative research being done by IGDS graduate students from across the region.

Members of the public are invited to join on Thursday 26th May 2022, 10:00 AM AST via Zoom for the Inaugural IGDS Regional Graduate Research Symposium. Persons who are interested in finding out more about graduate studies at the Institute, whether local, regional or international are encouraged to attend. Applications for a new cohort at the IGDS St Augustine Unit is open currently for graduate students who are interested in gaining professional and research experience in the fields of gender and development and interdisciplinary gender studies. 

The Symposium is divided into three panels with IGDS graduate students as chairs and IGDS faculty as discussants. For the full programme, abstracts and more information please visit the IGDS website, to the Facebook event A link will be sent out to registrants with the full programme booklet and it will be available online at

For more information questions about the symposium, or in relation to any IGDS programmes at the St. Augustine IGDS Unit please do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: To register for the Inaugural Regional Graduate Research Symposium on Zoom, click here: 


Notes to Editor

About Postgraduate Studies at the IGDS

The IGDS covers many fields of gender-based research and continues to provide a coherent base for trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research on women, men and gender in areas of international and regional importance. Gender and Development Studies as an interdisciplinary field seeks to understand the complexity of Caribbean gender relations and its interactions with economic, social, political, cultural and ecological systems – in other words, the subsystems that constitute Caribbean political economy, environment and society.

The ideal IGDS graduate will have a desire for knowledge, strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, competence in interdisciplinary gender analysis, and the ability to apply theory to policy and to everyday practices. The graduate will be actively committed to social justice, valuing both diversity and collaboration. The graduate will also understand that evaluating gender difference is central to self-awareness and a commitment to the transformation of unequal power relations.

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About The UWI 

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%. 

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)