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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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11. The New Cuba: Factors Supporting the Cultivation of Resilience (Sadie Burton-Goss)


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11. The New Cuba: Factors Supporting the Cultivation of Resilience


Editors’ Note: Dr. Sadie Burton-Goss is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Babson College. She earned her PhD from Lesley University, an MS from Lesley College’s School of Management, and a BA from Wellesley College. She has over twenty 20 years of experience teaching and practicing the art and science of diversity and inclusion. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Burton-Goss founded Goss Associates and guided Fortune 1,000 companies, educational institutions and small businesses to further their missions and strategies through the effective leadership, engagement and leveraging of diverse talent. In senior leadership roles, as Founder and Managing Partner for Goss Associates, Assistant Vice President at TJX Companies, and Corporate Director of Organization and Management Development at Liberty Mutual Insurance, she designed, developed, and delivered strategy-driven diversity and multi-cultural initiatives in government, technology, healthcare, and financial service organizations, bridging differences and leveraging strengths.

As an entrepreneurial leader educating other entrepreneurs, she served as sales and marketing faculty and coach for MassHousing’s Minority and Women Owned Business Development Program and on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Affirmative Marketing Program and for the Center for Women Entrepreneurs.


In the summer of 2015, my husband and I traveled to Cuba with over 40 ethnically, racially, and in many ways diverse college administrators with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. We...

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