Category: Internationalizing the Campus

Strategic, Intentional, and Intellectual Partnerships Between Cuba and the U.S.

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 57

This poster details the faculty-led, research-focused, collaborative, and intellectually rigorous academic partnership between Lehman College in the U.S. and the University of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba.

Teresita Levy

Director of International Programs and Global Partnerships
City University of New York-Herbert Lehman College
Bronx, NY

Teresita A. Levy is the Director of International Programs and Global Partnerships and Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. She is also the Associate Director of the Center of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 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.

Eldis Roman-Cao

Director of International Relations, UNISS
Universidad de Sancti Spiritus (UNISS)
Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

Eldis Román-Cao is the Director of International Relations and professor of Education in the University of Sancti Spiritus "José Martí Pérez" in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. He is a founder and coordinator of the Red de Estudios sobre Educación (REED - Network of Education Research). Dr. Román-Cao has a Ph.D. in Pedagogical Sciences and specializes in the pedagogy of hybrid learning.