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Consortium for Social Development & Research

Consortium for Social Development & Research
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We are committed - through social action, research and innovation - to impacting our region and the globe with world-leading solutions for social development.

About the Consortium

The Consortium for Social Development and Research (CSDR) is responsible for the academic research priorities of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The Division comprises four semi-autonomous research units - Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute, Social Work Training and Research Centre, Women and Development Unit and Caribbean Child Development Centre, inclusive of the Bloom Early Childhood Centres of Excellence.

The CSDR continuously seeks to contribute to the social development of Caribbean societies, strengthen the human potential of citizens and promote the University of the West Indies, especially in non-traditional areas, through research, training and education, curriculum development, development projects, technical assistance, community outreach and public service.

 

 

 

Ceceile Minott
Director & Head
Caribbean Child Development Centre

 

Taitu Heron
Head
The Woman and Development Unit

 

 

Bloom
UWI Open Campus
Early Childhood Centres of Excellence

 

Research

The four units of the CSDR aim to collaborate on initiatives in areas of common interest, particularly to further the mission of the University to meet the needs of underserved populations throughout the Caribbean region.

The CSDR units share common strategies in the use of research, training and outreach activities as the mechanisms for meeting identified social needs, and have accumulated decades of experience in the development of community initiatives, training programmes and action research. 

Research Projects

  • Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care
  • A Longitudinal study on a transitional housing intervention in Jamaica
  • Trauma informed care for State care staff in the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) Jamaica.
  • Children’s use of media in Jamaica
  • Teaching of Literacy at Grade 1 in primary schools in Jamaica
  • Strengthening of Networks and Services that improve Citizen’s Access to and Experience of the Justice System in Jamaica
  • Flexible Work Arrangements among four selected Government Agencies - National Water Commission, National Works Agency, National Housing Trust and HEART Trust.
  • Workers and Job Satisfaction in the Caribbean: A Cross-National Survey
  • Community Mental Health First Responders’ Sensitization and Training Project
  • Caribbean Abortion Access Project

 

Facilities

The Consortium offers a variety of facilities that are versatile both in utility and set-up. Our suite of amenities include seminar rooms, classrooms, a computer lab and a library. Each meeting or lecture room has access to Wi-Fi and video conferencing technology.

The facilities are available for educational, professional and private services.

 

 

CCDC Seminar Room
Caribbean Child Development Centre

Area: 1,011 square feet  
Capacity: 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 927 1618

 

 

CCDC Library
Caribbean Child Development Centre

Area: 658 square feet  
Capacity: 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 927 1618

 

 

HSLSI Computer Lab
Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute

Area: 1,011 square feet  
Capacity: 12 seated 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 977 4290

 

 

HSLSI Lecture Room
Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute

Area:  square feet  
Capacity: 80 seated 
Cost : JM$20,000 + tax

For details contact
876 977 4290

 

 

 

SWTRC Lounge
The Social Welfare Training and Research Centre

Area:  square feet  
Capacity: 12-20 seated 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 927 1618

 

 

SWTRC Classroom 1
The Social Welfare Training and Research Centre

Area:  sq. ft.  
Capacity:  25 seated 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 927 2478

 

 

SWTRC Classroom 2
The Social Welfare Training and Research Centre

Area:   sq. ft.t  
Capacity: 25 seated 
Cost: JM$ + tax

For details contact
876 927 2478

 

 

Sybil Francis Meeting Hall
The Social Welfare Training and Research Centre

Area:  square feet  
Capacity: 80 seated 
Cost: JM$20,000 + tax

For details contact
876 927 2478

 

 

Programmes

Study with us and be prepared to be engaged in transformative learning. Our programmes and courses are geared towards researchers, professionals and lifelong learners.

We are willing to partner with you and customise programmes that meet your or your organisation’s needs.

 

How to Apply

Each education programme may have different application processes

 

 

 

Advocacy & Outreach

The CSDR aligns it work to the mandate of The UWI to promote greater activism and public advocacy. This is done through a three-pronged approach of research, teaching and community engagement conducted by the four units. 

Our advocates include employees, students, alumni and partners who celebrate human rights and actively seek to foster transformative progress.

The CSDR’s commitment to social inclusion and justice is continually represented in our research, policy development and partnerships at national, regional and international levels.

We look forward to partnering with you towards social transformation.

Learn more about our advocacy and outreach programmes. 

 

Soroptimist International Barbados
Women and Development Unit
Ladies take their business to the next level by participating in the Sister Put Your Best Foot Forward FREE annual business and careers workshop

Pink Parliament Youths
Women and Development Unit
A collaborative initiative of WAND and the Barbados Youth Development Council to promote empowerment of adolescent girls 14–19 years.

Media & Adolescence Project
Caribbean Child Development Centre
The study seeks to identify the impact media usage has on adolescents in Jamaica.

 

 

UNICEF ECA Child Justice
Caribbean Child Development Centre
The Needs Assessment aimed to inform the develoopment of academic programmes in Child Rights, Safety and Justice.

JUST Project
Caribbean Child Development Centre
JUST Project is a multi-agency intervention to strengthen the services and networks to improve citizen's access to the justice system.

International Women's Day
Women and Development Unit
WAND stands against violence against women by hosting seminars, educating through social media and contributing to public policy.