Two University of the West Indies professors are among those to collect the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony tomorrow.
University director of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies' Regional Coordinating Unit, Professor Verene Shepherd, and professor of literary and cultural studies in the Department of Literatures in English, Professor Carolyn Cooper, have been been awarded the CD for outstanding contribution to education.
Shepherd's reaction was one of total surprise. "It really is an honour. I must say it was a surprise. Maybe everybody says that, but it really was a surprise to me."
She noted that a highlight of her career is her radio programme, 'Talking History', which has given her a wider space than the classroom to teach and discuss a wide range of issues.
According to Shepherd, she continues to be concerned about gender relations in the region, in particular lack of access to education for girls.
Reacting to her award, Cooper declared: I am happy. I felt, yes, it's nice to be awarded by your own country."
Professor Cooper noted that a highlight to her work to date is the contribution made to the intellectual development of students "to feel my contributions have helped somebody see the world in a different way".