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Dr. Doris C. Battiste

Dr. Doris C. Battiste has devoted all of her 30+ professional years to teaching, counseling and student development. She began her educational career teaching at the junior and senior high school levels in the Virgin Islands and then moved on to higher education, working specifically in Student Affairs.  As former Associate Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs, and Dean of Students at the UVI, she had oversight for health services; student housing and activities; counseling and career services; and new student orientation.  She devoted her career in higher education to improve the lives of young people through innovative co-curricular programs, activities, and services.  In recent years, she has successfully secured federal grants and sub-contracts to increase awareness of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis among the college-age population.  She was the Principal Investigator and Project Director for the recently awarded grant: UVI Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, with a staff of four employees, and worked closely with Community-Based Organizations.  PI/PD for the Prevention Program, she saw an increase in student participation and awareness of drug use on both campuses.  She also has presented papers on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse, as well as Mentoring Strategies at conferences on the U.S. mainland, the USVI, Jamaica, WI, and the Virgin Islands, UK.
 
She received her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands, a Master's Degree in Counseling from Howard University and her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, DC in 1991.
 
For her, the quest for learning is continuous. She believed that in life, one must find his/her passion, pursue it and use their talents to make a difference in the community. She lived by her favorite quote from Winston Churchill: "You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give".
 
The family would like to announce the passing of Dr. Doris C. Battiste on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The first viewing will be held at Turnbull’s Funeral Home on Monday, February 26, 2018, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Tributes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Western Cemetery #1.
 
Doris is survived by her significant other Dr. Jim Nabors, her Sisters: Joyce Battiste-Clarke, Beryl Battiste, Rose Battiste-Moore, Dolores Battiste-Colmon, Marie Battiste, Amy Battiste-VanderBreggen, Leona Battiste-Marks, and Deborah Battiste-Mallury; Brothers: Leon and Alvin Battiste; In-Laws:  Levi Moore, Alphonso Williams, Kenneth VanderBreggen, Randolph “JJ” Marks, and Nieta and Patricia Battiste.
 
In lieu of flowers, the Battiste Family would kindly appreciate a donation towards a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Doris Battiste. Further information will be provided at a later date. 

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  • Johnnie Dumas Myers

    Praying with and for the family. Doris left us a legacy of how to live a compassionate and loving life. She was full of life with a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. She was a friend, colleague and sister. She is missed.

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  • Johnnie Dumas Myers

    This is such a great loss. I am so grateful for the friendship, sisterly love and compassion Doris showed me and really all she encountered. She left a great legacy of knowledge and experience of team building and spiritual richness. She was truly a gift. I cherish her memories and her smile and her sense of humor and adventure and most of all her love.

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  • Karen L. Pennington

    I am so sorry to hear about Doris' passing. She was a good friend and colleague. I had the great fortune of knowing Doris as a fellow Student Affairs professional through our professional association, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Through the course of the last 20 or so years we often talked at conferences, through email, and the phone. I also was fortunate to have her invite me to the campus on several occasions to share Higher Ed topical information with her students and colleagues. I am happy that a year ago I was able to connect with her while passing through St.Thomas while on vacation. I'm glad I didn't miss that last opportunity to get together.

    Doris was one of the kindest individuals I ever met. I will not forget her warmth and her laughter. She was a joy to be around and I will miss her.

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  • S. Deborah Rosenbloom

    I am humbled and grateful having the opportunity to have had her leadership as my Dean of Students at UVI, and serving as her student worker. Dr. Battiste (Dr. B) commitment and encouragement to soar made an impact on life's that can never be erased.
    She is loved and will truly be missed.

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  • Camille McKayle

    I am so sad to hear of Dr. Battiste's passing. Through her work at the University of the Virgin Islands, it was clear that she cared deeply about the students, their well being, and their achievements. She spearheaded many student focused programs, and, together with her fitness crew, raised funds to provide scholarships for UVI students. Her energy and smile were integral parts of the UVI community for many years, and she continued to work on research projects even after her formal retirement. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

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  • Emily R. Carter

    Doris embraced me when I came to work at UVI on a full time basis. She inspired me to become involved in activities that involved the students, and her support an guidance were invaluable when I became a student organization advisor. I shall continue to miss the type of warmth she displayed that made one want to be an active part of the UVI family. Rest with the angels!

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  • S.D. Rosenbloom

    Dr. Battiste made a mark in my life that can never be erased. Her dedication and genuine commitment to encourage one to soar is a quality that affected every student that came into contact with her. Dr. Battiste always looked for the good in a person. If she wanted something done, she made sure it was done. Her commitment to follow-up is one of the lifelong lessons I learned from her. and using the "power of the pen" if you want to be heard. As the Dean of Students at UVI, she made an impact on students and administration. When Dr. Battiste entered the room, it was like "Y'all betta straighten up, Dr. Battiste is here!"..."now, we can get something done." She was the Queen of Grant Writing. Many folks/institutes reaped well, from her writing. Her energy to stay fit, to dance was contagious by all ages. Her presence will be missed...her presence is missed. I am humbled just knowing Dr. Battiste, and how she impacted my life while attending UVI and working under her leadership. Peace and love to the family.

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  • Ronald Braithwaite

    Praying for the Battiste Family. Doris was a true colleague and scholar of higher education. Her 2017 contribution to the Journal of Healt Care for the Poor and Underserved will live on to chart the way for HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention in the USVI. RiH Ron Braithwaite, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

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