Awakening the Leader Within

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - St. Thomas Campus
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix |

5th Annual Man Up Conference . . .  

This year’s guest speaker is Chris Gardner, who’s best known as the subject of the 2006 movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith. There will be performances by the VI’s own, who have written music for superstars like Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Usher, and more; Rock City. All males are invited to attend; the conference begins at 8:30a.m.; Free admission.

Man-Up 2015 - Awaking the Leader Within

The Situation...

Men who graduate from college have a greater chance to reach their full potential and contribute to the growth of a society. They even earn more than men who graduate from high school. It's a fact.

This is Dr. David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands. UVI offers quality and value in higher education. But we have a crisis in the Virgin Islands in regards to young men. And we need your help in order to make college a reality in the lives of more young men in the Virgin Islands. Without you we can't make the difference that we need to make in the lives of young men in this territory.
 - Text of UVI NPR radio spot

Join UVI's Male Initiative...
The University of the Virgin Islands has begun a Male Initiative - Brothers With A Cause (BWC) - with the goal of attracting more male students to the University and providing tools and support to help them graduate.

Groups of interested male students have begun meeting with UVI President David Hall on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. They have made the following initial suggestions:

  • Expanding academic support programs (including peer tutoring)
  • Expanding and strengthening UVI's athletic programs
  • Developing a public relations campaign that projects a positive image of manhood for boys
  • Developing a mentorship program for junior high and high school boys
  • Developing male organizations on campus (fraternities, brotherhoods, etc.)
  • Improving campus life for all students

We cordially invite your ideas, your participation and your financial support. For details, visit these links:


'We have a crisis in the Virgin Islands
in regards to young men.
We need your help in order to make college a reality in their lives.'
- UVI President Dr. David Hall