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The Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) is nestled within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). 
VICCC is designated to produce, develop and institute state-of-the-art research, publications, mixed media networks and programs, regional and international conferences, collaborative initiatives, academic and community partnerships, interdisciplinary cultural exchanges, socioeconomic development and heritage tourism events, educational resources and more .
UVI President Dr. David Hall has stated: “The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is deeply and authenticall y committed to ensuring that the unique cultures and heritages of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean are researched, compiled, cultivated and disseminated broadly. This should always be a core responsibility of a University situated within a social and cultural context as UVI.” UVI President Dr. David Hall has stated: “The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is deeply and authentically committed to ensuring that the unique cultures and heritages of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean are researched, compiled, cultivated and disseminated broadly. This should always be a core responsibility of a University situated within a social and cultural context as UVI.” (September 2012)

The VICCC Advisory Council Members include:

  • Johann A. Clendenin, CEO of IC Logistics, LLC and Retired Lt. Colonel of the US Marine Corps
  • Llewellyn Cornelius, PhD - Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies and Director, Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights at University of Georgia- Athens
  • Nicholas Faraclas, PhD - Professor of Linguistics at University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
  • George A. Franklin, DM - Griot and CEO of Calm Caribbean See Clarity Coaching
  • David L. Horne, PhD - Emeritus Professor, California State University-Northridge
  • Roland Roebuck, Cultural Ambassador, Heritage Activist, and International Liaison
  • Sandra Richards, PhD - Regional Officer, University of the West Indies
  • New Media Advisor: DaraMonifah® Cooper, MA - Communication Specialist, CEO of Sankofa Saturdays, Inc.
  • Emeritus Founding Advisor: Simon B. Jones-Hendrickson, PhD - Emeritus Professor, Retired Dean of UVI CLASS
  • VICCC Director: Chenzira Davis Kahina, MS, PhD - Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center

UVI VICCC Highlights:

  1. VICCC hosts VI Caribbean Culture Notes Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm EST. Listen live. UVI CLASS Communications program institutes UVI's premiere student-operated radio station, WUVI AM1090 "The Voice of the University" streams live daily on www.wuvi.am --24/7! 
  2. CHI Project: Interactive multi-media seminars on Culture, Heritage and Identity (CHI)
  3. Formal collaborative partnerships and memorandum of understanding with the National Park Service. Featured programs: Heritage Education and Arts Legacy (HEAL365); African Slave Wreck Project (ASWP) core partners Diving With A Purpose (DWP), The George Washington University (GWU)-Capitol Archaeological Institute, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (SI- NMAAHC), Iziko Museums of South Africa (IMSA), U.S. National Park Service-Southeast Archaeological Center (NPS-SAC), U.S. National Park Service- Submerged Resources Center (NPS-SRC), South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and honorary partners African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA).
  4. Increasing enrollment of UVI students in Caribbean Cultural Studies (CCS) degree and certificate programs within UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). 
  5. Organizing with University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, University of the West Indies-Cave Hill Barbados and multiple host institutions in the Caribbean for the annual Islands In Between/ Easter Caribbean Cultures Conference in November.
  6. Collaborating with local, regional, national and international institutions and non-governmental organizations to institute interactive programs to increase cultural sensitivities for smart growth, economic development, heritage tourism, agriculture, arts and related businesses in educational opportunities for the VI, Caribbean, American, African, EurAsian and other social perspectives. Featured programs: Maroon Sanctuary economic infusion and ecotourist commemorations with St. Croix Unified for Culture, Community, Environment and Economic Development (SUCCEED) and more.
  7. Research, publication and collaboration among regional, national and global partners on linguistics, arts, scientific studies and other disciplines impacting cultures. 
  8. Use of 21st century technologies to encourage respect and sustainability of cultural multi-media arts and global heritage sciences and more!

HISTORY 

Initiated through the guided vision of UVI President Dr. David Hall with support from diverse community stakeholders with cultural preservation and tradition-bearing expertise forming an advisory committee in January 2012, the Foundation of the University of the Virgin Islands (FUVI) in concert with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) administration, faculty and staff, the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) was officially launched as a new center within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) in November 2012.  

GOALS
Goals initiated and several completed from inception in 2012 to present include- yet are not limited to:
  1. Streamlining and maintaining digital archives to house and preserve existing VI cultural information, recordings, publications, productions and materials.
  2. Increasing links to interactive websites that ease the accessibility of VICCC digital archives to the public.
  3. Publishing scholarly journals quarterly with articles related to multi-dimensional aspects of VI and Caribbean cultures.
  4. Collaborating with Danish scholars and organizations to facilitating systematic access to existing and developing Danish archives for research and dissemination inclusive of managing coordination of language training for students to translate these materials.  Featured projects: Engaging with National Museum of Denmark along with students and faculty of Danish educational institutions.
  5. Acquiring and curating collections from existing scholars and individuals highlighting those with VI linkages with high priority on the Edward Wilmoth Blyden Collections.
  6. Co-sponsoring annual symposia and conferences that focus on VI  and Caribbean culture with community organizations.  
  7. Coordinating existing UVI cultural activities and projects for advocacy on the importance of VI and Caribbean culture within UVI's mission.
  8. Collaborating with UVI, the VI, and the wider Caribbean community to increase awareness of existing and new cultural activities and initiatives.

VICCC supports initiatives of: preservation, publication, restoration, cultivation, exhibition and respect for VI and Caribbean culture through research, digital technology, global interactive partnerships, and academic programs through international engagement in cultural heritage, socio-economic development and sustainability.

View excerpts of the official VICCC launch from November 8, 2012