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Beyond Havana: International Partnerships with Cuban Universities

Wednesday, May 31
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
LACC, Room 518

Universities outside of Havana are developing new, innovative relationships with U.S. and Canadian universities. This session features Cuban presenters who share their experiences in managing and developing higher education partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

Dairo E. Moreno

Civitas Global Educational Services

Mr. Moreno is founder and President of Civitas Global Educational Services which is dedicated to building sustainable partnerships based on mutual understanding and respect. He develops and promotes opportunities for sustainable institutional partnerships between US and Cuban Organizations. Mr. Moreno has led university delegations seeking partnerships in Cuba and has facilitated agreements between US institutions and the University of Cienfuegos. His experience includes program development, administration, conference planning, negotiation and interpretation of legal agreements,

Mr. Moreno is co-founder of the Workshop of Strategic Alliances for the Internationalization of Higher Education, an annual workshop in Cienfuegos, Cuba (TIES) the only US-Cuba developed conference dedicated to challenges and best practices in internationalization and partnership in Cuba. Mr. Moreno has a B.A. from Harvard University.


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Dayni D. Diaz Mederos

Coordinator, International Academic Relations, International Academic Programs
Universidad De Cienfuegos (Cuba)

Ms. Diaz develops, coordinates and managesinternational academic programs, research opportunities, organization of international congresses and internships in partnership with universities in the United States (University of Washington Tacoma, University of Southern California, drexel University, University of Missouri and others), Sweden (University of Johnkoping and University of Boräs), Ecuador (University of Guayaquil), Canada (Bishop's University, Queen's University of Kingston Dalhousie University, University of Laval and others) and Spain (Universities of Granada, Alicante, Las Palmas and Almería). Heads “Cuban History, Culture, Spanish Language and Society”, "Community, health and Environment", "Agroecology and Health Promotion" immersion program for international students at UCf. She also coordinates International development strategy at UCf and is supervisor of the preparation of international officers in each of UCf's schools and centers of research. She is one of the principal members of the organizing committee and key speakers for the Annual International Congress "Strategic Alliances for Internationalization of Higher Education" (TIES) organized by the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba. Develops and coordinates international officer´s training programs in International offices abroad (Sweden, Canada, USA). Participated in CBIE Colaboration Mission and 50 CBIE Conference in Canada (Nov 2016) and NAFSA Conferences (2015, 2016).


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Rosabel González Cruz

Director of International Relations and Partnerships
Universidad de Holguin

Rosabel González Cruz is an Associate teacher of English as a second language of the English language major at the University of Holguin. Cuba
At present she works as an International Relations representative in charge of international cooperation and is also a Vice-chair of the Canadian Studies Center in Holguin. She is a Member of English examining boards for teaching categories and English exam for PhD. She is a member of the international committee of WEFLA Conference in Holguin in charge of the academic selection of papers for the conference. She has a BA in Education and a Master’s degree on The teaching of contemporary English. She has been awarded with TKT (Teacher´s knowledge test) certificate granted by the British council as a recognition to teachers in Cuba. During her 34 years as a teacher she´s carried out a lot of activities aimed at improving the students´ and teachers´ methodological level as well as her personal and professional preparation. She has attended courses and conferences (nationally and internationally) related to her field of study and work published articles related to her work and studies. She participates in projects for the academic exchange with other institutions.


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Teresita Levy

Director, Center for Global Engagement
City University of New York-Herbert Lehman College

Teresita A. Levy is the Director of the Center for Global Engagement and Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College. Her research focuses on the economic history of the Spanish Caribbean. Professor Levy’s book, Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014. In this book, Professor Levy describes how small-scale, politically involved, independent landowners grew most of the tobacco in Puerto Rico. Their interest in securing the wellbeing of their economic sector meant political participation, and they successfully lobbied U.S. administrators in San Juan and Washington, participated in government-sponsored agricultural programs, solicited agricultural credit from governmental sources, and sought scientific education in a variety of public programs. By their own efforts, Professor Levy argues, Puerto Ricans demanded and won inclusion in the empire, in terms that were defined not only by the colonial power, but also by the colonized. Professor Levy has a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in History from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a M.S. in Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.


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