J-FLAG Press Release – The Great Leadership Debate



March 24, 2014

 J-FLAG Partners with UWI LEADS to host The Great Leadership Debate

J-FLAG is partnering with UWI LEADS, a leadership development programme, to host a debate among student leaders from three of Jamaica’s most prestigious tertiary institutions on the role of leadership in responding to the rights of vulnerable populations. The Great Leadership Debate is a tertiary level competition which uses the parliamentary debate style to discuss issues that are pertinent to national development, traditionally between the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona and the University of Technology (UTech).

This is the third staging of the competition and with J-FLAG’s partnership it has been expanded to include the debating societies at UWI Western Campus and Mico University College. The competition will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the UWI’s Regional Headquarters and will commence at 2:30pm. Specially invited guest, Elizabeth Lee Martinez, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States will bring greetings.

J-FLAG believes more dialogue around the sociocultural, political and legal issues that affect the rights of vulnerable and marginalised populations, such as people living with HIV (PLHIV), women and girls, people living with different abilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who experience layers of stigma and discrimination is desperately needed. According to Latoya Nugent, J-FLAG’s Education & Outreach Manager, “more opportunities are needed to facilitate meaningful discussions about human rights to allow people, including human rights advocates to learn about these important issues if we really intend to be a safe, cohesive and just society by 2030.” Rasheen Roper, Coordinator for UWI LEADS adds that “The Great Leadership Debate is one such opportunity that allows for the investigation of our thoughts and how we treat with the role of leadership in advocating for, and protecting the rights of our most vulnerable citizens.”

A panel discussion and Question & Answer featuring members of the participating debating societies will follow the debate. Editors’ Note: UWI LEADS – Leaders Engaged Activated Dedicated ready to Serve (UWI LEADS). UWI LEADS is the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) leadership development programme which offers leadership development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at UWI Mona. -END-   Contact Rasheen Roper, UWI LEADS 351-0133 Latoya Nugent, J-FLAG 849-1403


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