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Ambassador to the United States (US), Professor Gordon Shirley, will meet with more than 200 Jamaican students attending colleges and universities in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia next Saturday (Oct. 28) at a special reception slated for the Organization of American States’ Museum of the Americas in the American capital.
The reception, hosted jointly by the Jamaican Embassy and the Jamaica National Association, is part of efforts to strengthen ties with Jamaican students in the US.
According to Professor Shirley, the greater Washington, D.C area has a reasonably high concentration of Jamaican students and these students were an important asset to the Jamaican economy. He noted that whether they return home to work or remained in the US, they represented an intellectual resource, which could be quite helpful to the Jamaican economy. He noted that the Embassy had a responsibility to build a relationship with these students and assist them with any problems that they may encounter.The reception, the Ambassador said, would give the students an opportunity to air their views, concerns, and then see how the Embassy along with the Jamaican National Association and the wider community, could offer them more support.
Maureen Wallace, President of the Jamaica National Association, will also address the students, who attend Howard University; University of the District of Columbia; American University; George Mason University; Bowie State University; Georgetown University; University of Maryland at College Park; Morgan State University; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Montgomery College; Prince George’s Community College; and Howard University School of Law.

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