“This is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the student body” declared Student Government Association (SGA) President, Wricherly Gumbs at the virtual townhall held on April 27, 2020. The platform provided an opportunity for students of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) to receive updates from the administration as well as have their questions answered. Mr. Gumbs highlighted 30 goals the SGA with the firm support of the College’s administration, had
achieved during the last academic year. He stated, “Our achievements demonstrate our commitment to enhancing the student experience.” Of the 30 achievements mentioned, a few of the more commendable ones included the hosting of regular townhall meetings, improvements in infrastructure, an increase in resources for various departments and divisions such as a projector for the Health Science division, a water fountain and computers for the college library.
Following Mr. Gumbs’ presentation, SGA Vice President Mr. Ahsan Greene explained to the students where their administration was going. He emphasized that growth, balance and prosperity were not just the first three words of their slogan, but also the mindset by which they represented the student body when setting goals and making decisions. “We strive to improve CFBC through the holistic development of the students. We’ve provided opportunities for students to develop their social and intellectual capabilities through workshops, trainings and the newly introduced CFBC Excellence Toastmasters club.” Dr. Moyia Rowtham, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, provided updates regarding
examinations but she stressed that the information was of course subject to change as we are navigating unusual times. She also encouraged students to participate in the evaluation of the online learning process that will be sent to them.
At intermission, Mr. Greene presented a slideshow of entertaining quarantine memes submitted by CFBC students. Following this, Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, encouraged the students with a motivational talk. In expressing her pride in the student body and the SGA, she stated “This town-hall is an example of the tenacity and resilience of our students.” Dr. Austin acknowledged that fear is currently gripping the hearts of many persons, whether fear of the future or fear of the unknown. To
combat this, she provided the students with three tips for facing fear:
1. Dispel negative thoughts and imagine a future filled with possibilities; visualize success.
2. Develop an action plan. Do not allow your anxieties and your fears to overwhelm you.
3. Seek support. You are not in this alone, we are all in this together. Reach out to your family,
friends, lecturers, SGA, the counsellor for assistance.
Dr. Austin ended with a quote from Nelson Mandela, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man isn’t he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” In the midst of these unusual times, the CFBC family is your support system and we encourage you to not be afraid. Although there was a power outage which hindered many students from joining the meeting, excerpts from the recording of the meeting are to be made available to students and there will be other opportunities for virtual student engagement.