U.S. Embassy Hosts President of Howard University in Presentation on American Higher Education

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host Dr. Wayne Frederick, the President of Howard University, in Grenada and Barbados as he delivered free public lectures on higher education options in the United States.

Dr. Frederick’s first lecture took place in Grenada on October 5, and his second took place in Barbados on October 7 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center. The U.S. Embassy presented these free public lectures to underscore its commitment to promoting educational opportunities in the United States to students in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Distinguished guests in Grenada included Dr. The Right Honorable Keith Mitchell; Junior Minister of Education, Senator Simon Stiell; Minister of Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs, Emmalyn Pierre; and Parliamentary representative for St. George Northeast, Tobias Clement, and in Barbados, the Minister of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Ronald Jones was in attendance.

Dr. Frederick, a Trinidadian by birth, is a U.S. physician and academic, and was appointed the 17th President of Howard University in June 2014. During his presentation, Dr. Frederick explained the U.S. college admissions process, revealed what American universities are looking for in students, and shared his own story of his student life at Howard University, where he earned his three academic degrees.

Ahead of the lecture in Barbados, Dr. Frederick met with guidance counselors from government and private secondary schools on the island at the U.S. Embassy. The group discussed the challenges and possible solutions facing guidance counselors in advising students on American higher education.

In his opening remarks at the public lecture, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Larry Palmer lauded Dr. Frederick’s academic success, saying, “Dr. Howard’s presentation supports the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative launched by President Obama to increase international study and exchanges between citizens of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.”