Carta del Dr. Andy Gómez enviada por email el 22 de agosto.

From: ICCAS

Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:58 AM

To: ICCAS@LISTSERV.MIAMI.EDU

Reply To: ICCAS

Subject: Message from the Director

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On August 15th I was appointed Interim Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at The University of Miami by President Julio Frenk. After being retired from UM for four years, I am honored as a co-founder of ICCAS to return and assist the President and Provost in this transition period.

Last week, President Frenk and Provost Jeffrey Duerk met with members of the Cuban-American community to discuss the future of Cuban and Cuban-American studies at the University of Miami. President Frenk and the meeting attendees engaged in a very fruitful and constructive discussion centered around the shared aspiration to strengthen the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at UM into a center for scholarly excellence within the University’s academic mission focused on research, teaching and community service.

President Frenk announced at the meeting that the search for the next director, headed by Provost Jeffrey Duerk will commence immediately. The University will develop a mechanism for the Cuban-American community to provide input on this important search. In the meantime, I have started meeting with a number of Cuban community leaders seeking their opinion on the future of ICCAS. While the search for a permanent director is underway, President Frenk made it very clear that no policy changes or additional hiring will take place at ICCAS. President Frenk also assured the attendees at the meeting, that the University will not establish any Institutional agreements with the Cuban Government, including its universities.

In my role as Interim Director of ICCAS, I will advise the provost on the Future of the Institute. While we are in this period of transition, ICCAS will have limited activities. We will notify you when these activities will take place and hope that you will join us. The University of Miami shares a strong history with Cuba. Cuban-Americans have helped build the University of Miami into a top-tier research institution and helped define the identity of Miami itself. I have no doubt that under the leadership of President Frenk, this commitment will continue and will strengthen across the university.

I invite you to reach out to me with your thoughts about the future of ICCAS.

Sincerely,

Dr. Andy S. Gomez Director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (Aug. 15)

Assistant Provost, Dean of International Studies & Senior Fellow for Cuban Studies University of Miami (Retired).

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