Announcing the Winner of the 2021–22 José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship

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Monica Arredondo

The Cuban Research Institute is happy to announce that FIU graduate student Monica Arredondo is the winner of the 2021–22 José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship. Monica is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in International Crime and Justice at Florida International University.

Monica Arredondo was born in San Antonio, TX. She joined FIU's Ph.D. program in International Crime and Justice in Fall 2021. Her research interests are in human rights, cross-generational trauma, and police accountability. Holding a Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Houston and a Master's in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, she hopes to become a foreign affairs analyst for the State Department or a think tank. When not studying, she can be found reading gothic fiction and ghost stories.

The José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship was created in 2007 by relatives and friends of José Antonio, led by his sister Lucy Echeverría. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the understanding of the political, social, and economic realities of 1950s Cuba, and in particular of the life and legacy of José Antonio Echeverría. Since its creation, the scholarship has benefited thirteen FIU students, both graduate and undergraduate, by contributing to support their tuition and other educational expenses.

For any questions about the José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship, please contact the Cuban Research Institute at cri@fiu.edu.