The Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations of Florida (CJAAF) Inc., a charitable organization, was founded in 2010 as an umbrella organization for Jamaican alumni associations in Florida.
It was created to assist in the dissemination of information about Jamaican alumni associations registered in the State of Florida and to help in the unification and streamlining of activities of these associations.
CJAAF Inc. keeps the Jamaican community in Florida informed about matters related to education in Jamaica. It also serves as a central repository for information on Jamaican alumni associations in Florida. Like the associations that fall under its umbrella, CJAAF, Inc., is also dedicated to the improvement of educational opportunities for students in Jamaica as well as those that have migrated to the United States of America, and to the improvement of communities in Florida.
Aims & Objectives
To be involved in, support, and promote community development in Florida and the United States;
To provide financial and volunteer assistance to students and educational institutions in Jamaica and Florida, as well as students that have migrated to the United States of America;
To keep the Jamaican Community informed about matters pertaining to Jamaican Alumni Associations in registered in Florida, and issues relevant to education and the communities in Florida and Jamaica;
To serve as a central repository for information on Jamaican Alumni Associations in Florida;
To help in the unification and streamlining of activities of Jamaican Alumni Associations in Florida, and to help publicize their events;
To further by directed studies, research and publication, knowledge of Jamaican alumni associations, and to promote through seminars and general cooperation with other organizations or individuals similarly interested, the philosophies, attitudes and culture of Jamaica.
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Dr. Sandra Schrouder has a doctorate in Public Administration and is an associate professor of Public Management in the College of Business at Barry University. Dr. Schrouder began her teaching career in Jamaica, and also taught in the Bahamas before migrating to the USA. An accomplished researcher and scholar, Dr. Schrouder’s scholarly writings have appeared in numerous academic journals. Dr. Schrouder is very involved in the community, and apart from being the co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations of Florida, she is a member of the Community Relations Board of North Broward Hospital, a member of the Board of Florida’s chapter of the UWI Alumni Association, and a member of the City of Parkland’s recreation Board.
Dr. Rupert Rhodd has a doctorate in Economics and is an associate dean in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. Like Dr. Schrouder, Dr. Rhodd began his teaching career in Jamaica, and has taught in China, the Bahamas and Panama. Dr. Rhodd's researcher has appeared in many academic journals, and with Dr. Schrouder, they are co-authors of the book, Contemporary Issues in the Development of Caribbean Economies. Dr. Rhodd is a member of the Advisory Board of the City of Parkland, A member of the board of the Florida Chapter of the University of the West Indies, a member of the board of the Tower Forum, and the co-founder of Wolmer's Alumni Association of South Florida.