Dimitri McGregor to lead JUTS for Next Two Years

Date Published: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) will soon have a new president. Dimitri McGregor, the former head of the University of Technology Students' Union was recently elected by his peers to lead the JUTS for the period 2017-2019.  McGregor will officially take office in August 2017, and will succeed Germaine Bryan who has served since 2015. 

As a trained youth advocate and development strategist, McGregor asserts that his tenure will focus on restoring the relevance of the JUTS as the premier lobbying body for tertiary students.

Dimitri McGregor - JUTS President 2017-2019

 

According to McGregor, during his tenure, the JUTS will be "rigorously engaging the government on issues relating to Jamaica's tertiary student population to ensure that students’ rights are protected". Chief among these issues will be a focus on tertiary education financing, youth unemployment and national economic policies. 

While advocating at a national level, McGregor emphasises that JUTS' member institutions will not be neglected noting, "it is my aim to collaborate with all tertiary councils to identify and work towards a national goal, while assisting them to achieve their individual goals and objectives".

The current President for the Jamaica Association for Dental Surgery Students, who intends to becom an oral and maxillofacial surgeon explains that leadership has always been a passion of his.

"I am very student-friendly and work well with my peers. This is coupled with the fact that I am a very strong advocate who prides myself on preserving the voice of the students and protecting our rights and our place in building a better education system", says McGregor.

McGregor's track record of service includes being the Project Manager for the Teach the Youth 2016, a community service project where University students entered volatile communities, hosted lessons and provided meals to over 600 children. McGregor has also hosted academic fora on student registration and financing, and a National University Students and Youth Forum on 'The Impact of the US Elections on Jamaican Citizens'.

His passion for leadership, service and advocacy is what McGregor hopes to bring to the JUTS. "My vision entails being an agent of change by increasing the level of activism/ advocacy of JUTS in an effort to better fulfil the organisational mission of “building a nation through student representation", explains McGregor. 

The JUTS has existed since 1972, and is a confederation of local student representative organisations in colleges and universities across Jamaica. The JUTS seeks to represent the interests of the tertiary and young adult population of Jamaica.