Tomorrow I Head Back Home- an update from UVI-PULSE
My stay at UVI this month has been enlightening for me. I have had great opportunities to connect with people and to assess the role I will be playing here over the next few years. I have had time to consider my own growth potential here and to examine how I can contribute in this environment.
Although I have spent time here in the past, I realize now that I have been more of a tourist … a guest invited to provide a service or some entertainment and then return from wence I had come. Now I am looking to become part of the family. Now I have to find my own way around campus, do my own cooking and cleaning and fulfill the duties assigned to me. I am expected to win support and influence people who are unfamiliar with the program. It can be challenging.
That’s a good thing. Although I was a little disappointed when some classes had to be canceled here, I am encouraged by the fact that we have regrouped and reorganized the learning experiences to better meet the needs of the local and international community served by UVI. With great feedback from those who could not make it and our African Friends I believe we have come up with a plan that will bring us future success as we work to have Virgin Islanders “Check your PULSE.” (T-shirts to follow).
The month started out with challenges to overcome as power and internet connections wreaked havoc with our broadcast of the POWER webinar. Ironic? And later connections with UVI ST Croix created an echo on the radio program that went live and was recorded. I had a chance to outline our UVI-PULSE plan of action and to give examples of the kinds of skills that could make a difference for people and their relationships here on the Islands. It should be availabe on the ILOE.UVI.EDU website sometime soon.
With those issues behind us and an MOU with PULSE Africa and my friend Austin Gamey in place, we are well on our way to contributing in a meaningful way to this “Historically American, Uniquely Caribbean, Globally Interactive” University. Watch for news of exciting courses and an upcoming UVI-PULSE Conference planned for May 2016. The plans include tours of St Thomas along with some Island Hospitality as well as guest speakers. All PULSE Professionals and Practitioners will be invited to attend.
We are on our way….