Welcome to Mary Seacole Hall
Named for the courageous pioneer of the nursing profession, Mary Seacole, the hall was built in 1957 to meet the increasing demands for female accommodation on the campus of the then University College of the West Indies at Mona. There were at the time three existing halls; Irvine Hall, a co-educational facility and Chancellor and Taylor Halls which accommodated men only. When Mary Seacole Hall first opened its doors in January 1958, students had to commute to Irvine Hall for meals. The dining room on Mary Seacole had been built, but was empty and locked up. The warden’s residence however, had not yet been built so she had to live at the sub-warden’s flat on G Block. The student residence comprised Blocks C, D, E, F, G and H. Today the hall includes the residence of the warden or Student Services and Development Manager, a dining hall, J Block, and a range of facilities for the comfort and convenience of Seacolites. At Mary Seacole Hall, we motivate our residents to be high academic achievers, confident and well-rounded individuals who consistently aim for success in every aspect of their lives. Through determination, discipline and integrity, Seacolites live up to the honorable reputation of our dignified alma mater by being positive role models. Thus every Seacolite anywhere can proudly and rightfully proclaim our motto “So Hard To Be A Seacolite But So Good!” .
The Hall Song
The Hall Pledge
The Student Services & Development Manager manages the administrative, programmes and facilities functions of the hall. The hall provides development opportunities and services which help to provide an environment of care and support for the women who reside in hall while they are pursuing their educational goals.
Administrative arrangements of the hall
Maintenance of the hall facilities
The resident advisors assist in the development and delivery of student development programmes and opportunities. They reside in the hall and help students to navigate the challenges of life at The UWI by providing support through mentorship and guidance as they pursue their academic and personal goals. The resident advisors are able to help students clarify their life goals, discuss their learning goals and strategies, develop plans for their university journey and settle conflicts and disagreements as they engage life on campus.
Block J, FYE
Block G, SYP
Block D, AEP
Block D, AEP
The hall committee is a standing committee of the Guild Council. The hall chairperson and her deputy are both elected during the election of the officers to the Guild Council. They are in charge of a twenty-three (23) member hall committee which assists in the coordination and delivery of special activities to build community and camaraderie among students. The hall committee also represents the students on key issues regarding student welfare and brings these issues to the Guild as the official voice of students to the campus administration.
First Year Programme (FYE)
The First Year Experience (FYE) programme is a best practice in higher education globally. It was established at Mona and within Mary Seacole Hall to ease the transition for first time students into university life.
The Second Year Programme- Ubuntu
The Second-Year Programme is planned specifically for second year students on the Mary Seacole Hall. It incorporates the needs of students at this level, our knowledge of how they interact and their responsibilities as residents and citizens.
The Third Year (TYP) Programme
TYP is designed especially for final year students. Its aim is to prepare women for life after UWI and seeks to enforce the University’s mission of producing well rounded graduates
Academic Enhancement Programme & Honor Society
The Academic Enhancement Programme is designed to promote academic excellence through supportive services for students at all levels of academic life
The Angela King Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy is a direct response to the need for more women to participate in leadership and decision-making globally.
Mary Seacole Hall Sister-Sister in Reach Programme
This fund was set up in 2005 to assist students in financial need. At that time, the fund gave small loans to students to purchase books or food.