Statement on ICCAS

On Friday, August 18, 2017, University of Miami leadership met with members of the Cuban-American exile community to discuss changes occurring at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. Following the meeting, the University issued the following statement about the meeting and the future of the institute.

University of Miami Statement

Today, University of Miami President Julio Frenk met with 17 leaders representing a cross-section of the Cuban-American exile community, where they discussed the future of Cuban and Cuban-American studies at the University. 

President Frenk and the meeting attendees engaged in a fruitful and constructive discussion, centered around the shared aspiration to strengthen the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami into a center for scholarly excellence within the University’s academic mission focused on research, teaching and service. 

The University of Miami announced that the search for the next director, headed by UM Provost Jeffrey Duerk, will commence immediately. We will develop a mechanism for the Cuban-American community to provide input on this important search. While the search for a permanent director is underway, no policy changes or hiring will take place at the Institute. 

President Frenk also assured the attendees that the University will not establish any institutional agreements with the current Cuban government, including its universities.

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. The University will continue to serve its community as an invaluable resource for those interested in the Cuban experience, Cuba’s history and its future.

As a global university, the University of Miami is committed to being a leader in the field of Cuban studies.