President of the University of Technology, Jamaica Students’ Union, Dimitri McGregor, and Mikelia Gonzales, President of the UWI, Mona Guild will meet on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to discuss joint initiatives to tackle crime and violence against students, and by extension, youth in the nation.
Wednesday’s meeting is a follow-up from a previous visit to the UTech, Ja. Students’ Union by the Guild’s Vice President of Services & Special Projects, Shane McNeil. During that visit, McGregor and McNeil discussed strategic approaches to stemming the violence issue, which will be unveiled in upcoming weeks.
“We understand that there is power in numbers and we want to make sure that the government and Jamaica at large knows that the intellectual minority is not silent,” explained the UTech, Ja. Students’ Union President.
“We know the people of the community, they are important to us, as much as we are important to them. We want to go into these communities and let them know that if they are going to continue to rob and attack our students, we won’t condone it, and it must stop,” declared McNeil.
To the youth who have had to endure harm being perpetrated against them, McGregor had this to say: “One can only imagine the traumatic experiences endured by those affected, but we can’t let it end here. We have to do something about the violence. The future is ours. We are a part of making it a reality. It is time to take a stand.”
These meetings mark the first in a series of actions by the UTech, Jamaica Students’ Union to address violence against Jamaica’s youth.