Friday, May 20, 2011

Cuba at NAFSA

NAFSA's 2011 Annual Conference & Expo
Vancouver, Canada

Two key people from the University of Havana will participate:

* Dr. Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez, Director of International Relations
* Dr. Mayra Heydrich, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities

Expo Booth 2207

Cuba/US People to People Partnership with information from C & T Tours, Cuba
Educational Tours, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, Global Exchange,
Holbrook Travel.  A contact point with the Cuban participants.

Tuesday, May 31

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion BC

Academic and Scholarly Relations with Cuba

Dr. John Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at
Columbia University, provides a big-picture view of where Cuba stands in the
international education community and of the international political context of
educational exchange with Cuba.  $65 fee includes lunch.  register at


2 pm - 4 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion A

A panel discussion will follow the luncheon. A Cuban representative will discuss
Cuba’s exchange profile and the purposes that Cuba seeks to achieve through
these exchanges, and representatives from Canada, the United States, and
Mexico will discuss their countries’ exchange relations with Cuba and what
national purposes are served through these relationships. The seminar is open
to all conference attendees.

Chair: Everett Egginton, PhD, Professor, College of Education, New Mexico
State University

Panelist: Mayra Heydrich, PhD, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities,
University of Havana; Catherine Schittecatte, Chair, Political Science
Department and Global Studies Program, Vancouver Island University; The
Honorable Lázaro Cárdenas, Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America
Former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico; Eric Popkin, PhD, Associate Professor of
Sociology and Dean of Summer Programs, Colorado College

All registered attendees are welcome to participate in this seminar.


Wednesday June. 1, 2011

Open Meeting, Knowledge Community, Education Abroad

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center,
Room 214

Given that academic travel to Cuba from the United States has reopened,
expand your network to include Cuban colleagues interested in exchanges.

Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez - University of Havana
Mayra Heydrich - University of Havana

LACSIG Annual Meeting

1:45 pm ­ 3:00 pm
Mackenzie 1 Room, Fairmount Waterfront Hotel

15 min. presentation by and discussion with Cuban participants; update on US
travel regulations


Thursday, June 2

5 - 6 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center,
Room 214

Roundtable discussion on undertaking short term student and other educational
programs in Cuba for third party providers and secondary schools using people
to people licenses and higher education institutions with general licenses. 
Resource persons from Cuba and current providers of licensed travel.  Update
on US travel regulations.


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to support the participation of Dr. Mayra Heydrich Perez and Dr. Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez of the University of Havana at the NAFSA conference in Vancouver and, in particular, at key events engaging Cuba with Canada, the USA and Mexico. Karen McBride, President of CBIE, will offer remarks during the luncheon on Tuesday, May 31.

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