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In Cienfuegos, Cuba, the Universidad de Cienfuegos has built a partnership with the University of Missouri to deepen cultural
exchange between the two institutions.

travel to the United States at this time, but bringing MU
students to Cuba and creating opportunities for meaningful interactions supports the internationalization visions
of both institutions.
Individual faculty members from the two schools are
planning to work together on research projects and presentations that advance the mutual understanding of each
other's educational systems, as well as their underpinning
values, outcomes, best practices, and challenges.
This is merely one example of efforts toward more
equitable, respectful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial
academic partnerships.
International education leaders must approach the
pursuit of these relationships with an awareness of some
strategies that can be employed to lessen problematic
host community impacts and increase ethical engagement
with those hosts.
First, chosen program leaders should know the host
locale well. Only an experienced leader will have the knowledge base to approach ethical issues in an informed way.
Second, local expertise and input is crucial. Even the
most culturally and linguistically experienced program
leader will benefit from an in-country counterpart or
network to support the program academically, logistically,
and culturally.
Third, those informed program leaders and in-country
professionals must ensure that study abroad programs
incorporate enhanced predeparture orientations to
give voice to these ethical concerns. Leaders can work
together to identify tensions to be discussed.
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Before sending students to places in the world where
U.S. or Western practices have facilitated adverse conditions
for local citizens, those students should read materials that
illuminate how locals may feel about the United States.
Responsible predeparture orientation must include reflections on U.S. involvement in the host community.
Perhaps most importantly, as seen with the University
of Missouri and Universidad de Cienfuegos relationship,
an ethical partnership is built with long-term engagement
in mind. A model partnership allows the parties to work
together toward shared goals and plan for sustainability.
This encourages the continuity and ability of partners to
visit a campus and interact with faculty and students in
their discipline. This planning inherently addresses mitigation strategies such as engaging local experts and working
with the community on projects toward mutual benefits.
In planning for student engagement in Cienfuegos, it
became clear that any MU faculty or student traveling to
Cuba must understand the history of U.S.-Cuba relations,
the effects of the embargo, and current political situations
in both nations.
Consideration of host community impacts-social,
economic, academic, and emotional-should be an
aspect of program development. This consideration is an
educational opportunity for all, and one that can involve
our dedicated faculty and talented students. n
GABRIELLE MALFATTI is director of global engagement at
the University of Missouri College of Education. CAROLINE
DONOVAN WHITE is senior director for education abroad
services at NAFSA.



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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
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