Major Accomplishments

FIU is internationally recognized for excellence in Cuban and Cuban-American studies. Among its many achievements since its founding, CRI has:

  • Secured more than $2.4 million in funding from private foundations and nonprofit organizations.
  • Organized InCubando@FIU, a summer training program for independent businesses in Cuba, funded by private donations.
  • Sponsored the Summer Art Institute, entitled Art, Culture, and Identity: Picturing Cuba through the Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection at FIU, for teachers in the Miami Dade Public Schools.
  • Published a book about the social and cultural dimensions of the Cuban diaspora, based on a selection of papers presented at the Ninth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at FIU.
  • Edited two special issues of Hemisphere magazine devoted to Cuba.
  • Received two grants from the Open Society Foundations in Canada and the Ford Foundation to assess the potential impact of the Cuban diaspora on the Island's development.
  • Published a report on The Cuban Diaspora in the Twenty-First Century, which was presented and distributed in Washington, D.C., Miami, Mexico City, Madrid, Havana, and Santo Domingo.
  • Collaborated with other FIU units and outside institutions to conduct the FIU Cuba Poll, the longest-running survey of Cuban-American views on U.S. policy toward Cuba.
  • Organized eleven instances of the most important international Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, attracting hundreds of scholars from a wide range of fields and scholarly interests.
  • Received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study Latino civic engagement in Miami, Chicago, and Phoenix (in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and Arizona State University).
  • Inaugurated the following projects:
    1. Classically Cuban: an annual concert held since 1994, featuring musical pieces with Cuban themes by composers from Cuba and elsewhere.
    2. CRI Lecture Series: launched in September 2003, these lectures bring distinguished experts on Cuban and Cuban-American topics to Miami.
    3. CRI at Books & Books: organized a series of book presentations by prominent scholars and authors writing about Cuba and its diaspora.
    4. Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants: cosponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the FIU Libraries, these grants make more widely accessible FIU's resources on Cuba and its diaspora.
    5. Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship: thanks to the generosity of Dr. Eliana S. Rivero, the scholarship provides graduate students the opportunity to conduct Cuba-related research at CRI or—for FIU graduate students only—to travel to Cuba to conduct research.
    6. Governance and Social Justice in Cuba: Past, Present, and Future: an international initiative bringing together scholars, policy analysts, and civil society actors, cosponsored by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL).
    7. Cultura al borde/Culture on the Edge: an artistic exchange program that allows Cuban and Cuban-American artists to share their work with the community.
    8. The Cuba Forum: a series of policy-relevant discussions cosponsored by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy in 2004–2005 and by the Inter-American Dialogue in 2005–2010.
    9. The Félix González-Torres Community Art Project: an arts education initiative designed to promote an artistic culture at the university and to honor the legacy of Cuban-American artist González-Torres.
    10. The CRI-University Press of Florida Cuba Series, beginning with Cuba Transnational, an edited collection of essays on Cuba and its diaspora.
  • Received a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowship Program in the Humanities. In 1994–1998, the program brought 14 scholars from various countries, including Cuba, to FIU for one-semester fellowships on the program theme: "Island and Diaspora: National Identity, Sovereignty, and Reconciliation in the 21st Century."
  • Won a national competition for the editorship of Cuban Studies in 2000–2006. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, the journal has been the leading publication in its field for more than 40 years.
  • Developed a national and international reputation as a pioneer research center in the development of collaborative academic ties with Cuba. Dozens of Cuban scholars, writers, and artists have visited FIU to give lectures, work collaboratively with our faculty, and conduct their own research.
  • Supported FIU faculty and graduate student research on Cuba.
  • Hosted numerous seminars and conferences, sometimes resulting in edited publications, as well as lectures and other programs intended as outreach to the local community.
  • Established an Undergraduate Certificate Program in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
  • Developed a Cuban Studies concentration within the Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.