We believe strongly in the power of dialogue and exchange between peoples and nations. The need to engage Cuba in meaningful interaction just became more urgent. On Friday, September 29, the U.S. Department of State issued its third Travel Warning for Cuba within the same month. It is clear that the Trump Administration is determined to unravel President Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba and return us to the Cold War era policy that has proven ineffective.
With reduced US Embassy staff in Havana, visas are not being issued to Cuban citizens. This means that our Cuban counterparts in fields including medicine, law, science, education, and more are not able to travel to the USA. We must go to them. Current regulations continue to allow US citizens to travel to Cuba. We must continue to bridge the Florida Straits with open minds, and further understanding and collaboration between our two nations.
Cuba is calling!
We invite you to challenge isolationism. Plan a delegation of your members to meet with your Cuban counterparts to learn about challenges and advances related to your professional industry. Delegates will return from Cuba with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm for what they do, new knowledge and perspective on their field, and a deep appreciation for the Cuban people and what they are able to accomplish with so little. In one’s delegate’s words,
“I feel that the delegation’s greatest impact will be in helping Americans understand more about Cuba and, hopefully, play a role in helping to normalize relations between the two countries.”
We hope you will heed the call. We have gathered articles from multiple media publications that give valuable insight into the current state of affairs:
If you are ready to plan a delegation, and would like to do so with Professionals Abroad, please contact our Partnership Coordinator, Rebekah McCann, at [email protected].
With Sincere Regards,
Kate Simpson and Chase Poffenberger
President and Executive Vice President, Academic Travel Abroad
*Professionals Abroad is a division of Academic Travel Abroad