For the first time in its history, SUNY Cortland is sending a group of students to the once-forbidden Island nation of Cuba for a wide-ranging study abroad program this summer.
The nine-day trip will include visits to historic and culturally important sites in Havana, Matanzas and Varadero, Cuba in early June.
Presented by the school of professional studies, the six-credit Cuba program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines. The 19 selected students were required to participate in a pre-departure course to shape an individual research proposal during the spring semester. For example, business economics majors may study the current financial climate in Cuba while sport management majors may pursue the role of baseball in Cuban culture. Some students plan to gather and present their findings through interviews, presentations and videos.
Bonni Hodges, chair of the health department, and Justin Lovich, coordinator of international studies in the sport management department, are the faculty members leading the Cuba visit. Lori Schlicht, associate director for academic engagement, will join Hodges, Lovich and 19 SUNY Cortland students in Cuba.