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Building Educational Bonds Between the United States and Cuba

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Building Educational Bonds between the United States and Cuba

An exciting new era has begun in international education.  Since diplomatic relations resumed between the United States and Cuba in July, educators have been scrambling to re-establish relationships between institutions of higher learning in the United States and in Cuba.  A College of Education assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department, Dr. Leaf Zhang, and Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn, an associate dean in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University, have joined together and written a paper entitled “Educating college students for global citizenships:  Theoretical perspective and practice.”  Zhang and Hagedorn presented their paper at the 1st Annual Workshop of Strategic Alliances for the Internalization of Higher Education, in Cienfuegos, Cuba, October 27th-29th, 2015. 

This unique paper proposes a new globalization model framework based on two theoretical frameworks, the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity (DMI) and the transformative learning theory (TLT).

“Dr. Zhang’s work in global citizenship education for college students enhances the higher education knowledge base," said Dr. Casey Brown, interim chair of the UTA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  "The framework she has developed provides a model for global awareness to increase and enhance opportunities for university students.”

For more information on Dr. Zhang’s paper as well as the developing educational bonds betweenThe University of Texas at Arlington, Iowa State University, and centers of Higher Education in Cuba, please visit the website below and read the article by Shannon Stump, graduate assistant writer, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University:

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