First Windsor African Caribbean Excellence Awards given to 14 U of W students

University of Windsor students received awards and scholarships at the first Windsor African Caribbean Excellence Awards Gala Saturday night.

The gala was organized by two groups on campus: STAND — Sistas Taking Action for a New Direction — and the Young African Union.

“This night is important because we’re trying to bring light to a community within Windsor that sometimes gets painted with the wrong brush and we’re trying to embody excellence and show that there’s excellence at the university throughout the student body,” said Lowrie Constantine, a fourth-year business student and one of the organizers of the gala. “A lot of the times we’re so stuck in the books that we never take time to appreciate the people.”

Natasha Dore, the outreach co-ordinator for STAND and a fourth-year biology and education student, said the awards were given out for the first time Saturday night and are meant to bridge the gap between the international African students and the local community and to build morale.

The Caribbean and African Organization of Students (CAOS) won two awards — the ACE Impact Award for giving back to the African and/or Caribbean Community and the Black Club of the Year Award, she said.

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