Gary McKenzie

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Welcome Message

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all from the Department of Student Affairs (DSA).

As the Director of the DSA, I wish to pledge our continued efforts to serve our valued students through the provision of vital co-curricular activities and other support services. We seek to provide the resources that guarantee the success, happiness and well-being of each remarkable UCC student. The DSA hosts an extensive orientation programme for our new students to assist them with the transition into the UCC culture of Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Co-Curricular Programmes and Career Development.

The DSA offers career seminars, expos and workshops, which are focused on leveraging academic and workforce knowledge into relevant career development and career management skills. We also facilitate personal and academic counseling sessions with trained professionals. Our university counsellors also partner with us in the provision of stress and anxiety management workshops.

The Student Council ensures that our students have an influence in the determination and dissemination of policies within our institution. We rely on our Student Council to collect and present valuable student feedback on all the dimensions of the academic and administrative sectors of the UCC. The DSA will continue to document and present these views and recommendations from the student body to the Executive Arm of the UCC.

All work and no play, makes one quite dull! We oversee a sports programme which provides physical recreational activities. The DSA hosts an annual Sports Day, which facilitates the necessary recreation and bonding opportunities for the UCC family. We currently have the following clubs and societies at the UCC: The Information Technology Club, Circle-K, Tourism Club and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). We encourage you to join one or more of these clubs and societies. Don’t see a club that interests you? Then please do find at least nine other students who identify with your interest and/or hobby. What’s the next step? Contact us in the DSA with the details of your proposed club and a list of potential club members and we will assist you in establishing your club at the UCC.

There are many other exciting and fulfilling initiatives within the DSA. I issue an invitation to our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders to partner with us in making the UCC an even more prominent and innovative institution. Once again, I welcome you all to the Department of Student Affairs at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.