With a weekend of leadership and professional development workshops, cultural programming and community service, the Florida Caribbean Students Association (“FCSA”) and Caribbean Students Association at the University of Tampa (“UT CSA”) will welcome the Queen of Soca and Caribbean cultural icon, Alison Hinds, as its Keynote Speaker for the 42nd Annual Conference, April 9, 2016, at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. The theme for this year’s Conference will be “Many Shores, Waters Meet – One Land Under Our Feet”.
Crowned the undisputed “Queen of SOCA” by fans worldwide, Alison Hinds epitomizes the essence of Caribbean music in the region and throughout the Diaspora worldwide. Her first solo album entitled “Soca Queen” reflects the diversity within the soca music genre and includes her international hit “Roll It Gal”. She is the recipient of numerous regional and international awards, including, 2009-2010 – (IRWMA – International Reggae & World Music Awards) Winner of Best Female Vocalist (2009 & 2010) & Best Calypso / Soca Entertainer (2009); 2010 -Female Entertainer of the Year & Best Collaboration for “King and Queen” with Richie Spice at the Barbados Music Awards; 14th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awardee in Washington DC for Outstanding Contribution to Soca Music; 2012, University Of The West Indies Trailblazer award for work in soca and Caribbean music; and numerous other international accolades.
Most importantly, Alison has distinguished herself with exemplary philanthropic service to Barbadian, regional and international charities in education, disaster relief, AIDS, diabetes and cancer awareness, women’s rights, special needs of children, among other areas.
“Alison’s career is a shining example of leadership in her career and personal life for all our members and we look forward to hearing more about her inspiring life story and her words of wisdom on leadership, philanthropy, and career development,” stated Ashley McHayle, president, Florida Caribbean Students Association.