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A Promising Reality

Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba

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Edited By Venessa Ann Brown and Menah Pratt-Clarke

A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba is a compilation of the reflections of a group of chief diversity officers, faculty, and educators from the United States about Cuba. As part of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education delegation to Cuba in July, 2015, A Promising Reality represents a collection of voices, experiences, and perspectives about issues of race, gender, cultural identity, and the African experience in Cuba. Key themes explored include Cuban culture, the Cuban Revolution, politics, economics, education, equity, and social change. Utilizing narrative inquiry, some of the reflections are comparative with the United States, and some reflections focus exclusively on Cuba. The book takes readers on a journey of thought-provoking stories that reflect the excitement, uncertainty, complexity, and promising possibilities on the cusp of changing diplomatic, political, economic, and social relationships between the United States and Cuba. A Promising Reality seeks to broaden the perspectives of its readers regarding US-Cuban relations. This book is ideal for courses on international relations, international studies, international affairs, comparative cultures, political science, education, politics, sociology, history, race, gender, and social justice. It is a must-read for anyone traveling to Cuba as part of study-abroad, professional development, or personal adventure.

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3. International Cultural Exchanges as Professional Development Opportunities for Diversity Professionals (Archie W. Ervin)

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3. International Cultural Exchanges as Professional Development Opportunities for Diversity Professionals

ARCHIE W. ERVIN

Editors’ Note: Dr. Archie W. Ervin serves as Georgia Tech’s Vice President for Institute Diversity (VPID) and Chief Diversity Officer, where he has served since 2010. He is a member of the President’s cabinet and is responsible for identifying institutional priorities, policies, programs, and initiatives that advance Georgia Tech’s inclusive excellence agendas for faculty, staff, and student populations. The Office of the Vice President for Institute Diversity oversees the Georgia Tech ADVANCE Professors Program, the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology, LGBTQIA Resource Center, the GoSTEM Hispanic/Latino/a outreach grant, and the recently established Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, which promotes intercultural learning and academic excellence. Dr. Ervin is a nationally recognized expert and commentator on strategic planning and evaluation for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Dr. Ervin is the current President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the nation’s largest professional association of chief diversity officers with a membership of more than 600 professionals representing more than 250 colleges/universities. NADOHE is the preeminent voice and thought leader for inclusive excellence in higher education.

The NADOHE Cuba delegation provided a terrific opportunity for chief diversity officers (CDOs), senior international officers (SIOs), and others whose professions and passions compel them to better understand the basic human connections we have with others whose...

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