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A Promising Reality

Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba


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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7. Two Wings of the Same Bird: Reflections of a Puerto Rican in Cuba (Diana Ariza)


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7. Two Wings of the Same Bird: Reflections of a Puerto Rican in Cuba


Editors’ Note: Dr. Diana Ariza is the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Quinnipiac University (QU) in Connecticut. She serves as the university’s executive level diversity and inclusion strategist. She also teaches in the Sociology Department on topics related to ethnic relations, health disparities, and immigration. Dr. Ariza has over 20 years of administrative and leadership experience, recruitment and enrollment management, teaching, and institutional planning in reinforcing the values of academic excellence, equity, inclusion, multicultural and global diversity in higher education.

Prior to working at QU, Dr. Ariza was a full-time professor at Albion College in ethnic studies. Dr. Ariza has published on Black and Latino student experience on a predominantly white campus. She also published on Florida’s Puerto Rican and second-generation Hispanic communities and the challenges they face in education, identity, and adaptation. Dr. Ariza’s current research focuses on growing and assessing internationalization and multicultural cultural competency efforts in higher education. Other research and teaching interests include comparative global studies in immigration, Caribbean migration identity, health disparities, and race and ethnic relations, to name a few.

She holds a doctorate of philosophy in Sociology from Western Michigan University (WMU) with a concentration in ethnic and race relations, as well as a master of arts in Anthropology from WMU. Her bachelor’s degree is in History and Spanish...

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