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PARTNERING
By Janet Hulstrand

Partnering with Cuba:
New Opportunities for Forming
Collaborative Academic Initiatives
The recent restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has inspired
a flurry of interest in establishing academic partnerships with institutions of higher education in
Cuba. And while organizations have been working consistently and diligently over the years to
encourage, promote, and support collaboration between U.S. and Cuban institutions of higher
education, the recent changes have inspired new initiatives that can be helpful to institutions
that want to form partnerships with institutions in Cuba.
The Cuba TIES Workshop of Strategic Alliances for
the Internationalization of Higher Education is one such
effort. Shannon Marquez, associate vice provost in the
Office of International Programs at Drexel University,
along with several of her colleagues, attended the first
Cuba TIES workshop in the fall of 2015, a conference
exploring internationalization and cooperation between
the two countries' colleges and universities. "Cuba TIES
is an excellent way to learn about opportunities for
academic partnerships in Cuba, and to be introduced to
institutions across Cuba," says Marquez. "I had worked

"We are committed to creating partnerships
that are intentional and strategic."
side by side on global health issues with Cuban physicians
for many years in Africa. Since we were already familiar
with the innovative teaching and advances in community
health and environmental sustainability going on in Cuba,
we were eager to identify areas of mutual interest and
launch some joint initiatives." She adds, "For such a long
time, U.S. institutions have not had a chance to interact
with institutions in Cuba. Meanwhile Cuba has been
partnering with many institutions around the world, so
it was also interesting to have the chance to meet their
partners from other countries at the conference."
After attending the conference, Drexel went about
creating a multi-level institutional partnership with the
University of Cienfuegos that has engaged more than 15
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members of the Drexel faculty across 10 departmental
units. Shortly after the conference, they sent a delegation to Cuba to participate in a conference on fragile
ecosystems. By July 2016 they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of
Cienfuegos and taken the first group of Drexel students
to Cuba. The students were enrolled in a graduate-level,
faculty-led intensive course abroad on community,
health, and environment (CHE), which was co-taught
by faculty from Drexel's College of Medicine, Dornsife
School of Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences,
and Academy of Natural Sciences, as well as by faculty
from the University of Cienfuegos faculty of medicine
and its departments of popular education, economics,
environmental studies, and sociology.
Drexel and University of Cienfuegos faculty and
administrators are now working together to develop
global classrooms and additional intensive courses abroad
on a variety of topics, from urban ecology and sustainability to film studies, Afro-Cuban culture and dance,
medical Spanish, business, and art therapy. Collaborative
research proposals involving Drexel and University of
Cienfuegos faculty are also under development.

Reaching Across the Divide
In February 2016, Teresita Levy, director of international
programs and global partnerships and an associate
professor in the department of Latin American, Latino,
and Puerto Rican studies at Lehman College of The
City University of New York, attended the International



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Global Spotlight Cuba
Insights
Voices
Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
Partnering
View From Out Here
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 1
International Educator - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 3
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 4
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 5
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 6
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Global Spotlight Cuba
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Insights
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Voices
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 13
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 17
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - 50
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 51
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - 54
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 55
International Educator - March/April 2017 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 57
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 58
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 59
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Partnering
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 61
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 62
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 63
International Educator - March/April 2017 - View From Out Here
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 65
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 66
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 67
International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Focus
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