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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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  • 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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