Following the historic thaw of relations between the United States and Cuba announced in December 2014, Indiana University launched a Cuba Initiative that has resulted in a number of trips of Indiana University delegations to Cuba, visiting speakers from Cuba at IU Bloomington, and an institutional partnership between Indiana University and the Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas (UCLV), in Santa Clara.
Located in the center of Cuba, Santa Clara has been a sister city of Bloomington since 1999. UCLV is the second research university in Cuba, after the Universidad de Havana, offering 52 majors, 44 M.A., and 29 Ph.D.degree programs. IU's institutional partnership includes a short-term study abroad program in Santa Clara and research collaborations between faculty from UCLV and IU.
The Cuba Initiative is spearheaded by Gerardo González, the former dean of the School of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the School of Education. It consists of a group of scholars with active research in Cuba, as well as of people traveling to Cuba for research, with students, or for community support. Currently, there are three faculty-led study abroad programs at IU taking students to Cuba (offered through SPEA, the Kelley School of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences). If you are interested in joining the group, please contact email@example.com.