Linkage Program with University of the West Indies Mona Campus – Jamaica
The University of Connecticut School of Social Work and the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica have been engaged in a multi-faceted collaborative relationship for more than a decade. Discussions between the two programs began informally in 1992 and were expanded in faculty exchange visits that began in 1993 and 1994. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed in 1995. Exchange visits and collaborative projects have continued since that time, as will be briefly detailed here.
The two programs were brought together by areas of mutual interest. The Greater Hartford area in which the School of Social Work is located has one of the largest concentrations of immigrants from the West Indies in the United States. Although the West Indian residents are diverse, the largest number come from Jamaica. Initially, the exchange emphasized the issue of migration. This is still an important dimension of the exchange, but many additional areas of mutual interest, including social welfare management, child welfare, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease and field education have been addressed.
For additional information on the exchange project, readers are referred to two published discussions:
John A. Maxwell and Lynne M. Healy, (2003) “Mutual Assistance Through an Ongoing United States—Caribbean Partnership: University of Connecticut and University of the West Indies in Jamaica,“ in L. Healy, Y. Asamoah and M.C. Hokenstad, editors, Models of International Collaboration in Social Work Education. Alexandria, VA: CSWE, pp. 51-60.
L. M. Healy, J. A. Maxwell and B.A. Pine, (1999). Exchanges that Work: Mutuality and Sustainability in a Caribbean/USA Academic Partnership. Social Development Issues. 21:3, 14-21.
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