Sponsored by the Community Leadership Center and Rutgers’ GAIA Centers 2015-2017 Biennial Theme: Global Urbanism

Cuba has excelled at developing alternative models for sustainable urban development in the areas of agriculture, health care, and education. This unique session introduces participants to strategies that challenge traditional market-based approaches, and offers options for implementation in U.S. cities, like Camden. We will also discuss how to participate in a special 2016 Rutgers—Camden Spring Break trip to Cuba where students and others can investigate these topics firsthand. The Community Leadership Center has been leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development.leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development.


Dr. Mario González- Corzo, Associate Professor, Lehman College, CUNY
Dr. Mario A. González -Corzo is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic transformations, with a particular emphasis on agricultural reforms, and the changing role of employment and wages in Cuba’s emerging non-State sector. Dr. González Corzo is a Faculty Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center (CUNY), and a Research Associate at the Cuba Transition Project in the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami (FL). He is also a Contributing Editor for the section on Cuban political economy and economics of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress. CLICK HERE FOR Presentation

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration; Director, Community Leadership Center, Rutgers-Camden
Dr. Goria Bonilla-Santiago is an expert on Cuban politics, culture and education. She has been traveling to Cuba officially since 2002 through a Rutgers University collaboration with the University of Havana, a Cuban historian project in old Havana and with other community development experts. She has over twenty years of experience working, collaborating and exchanging programs for students and faculty. She is the Board Chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School and is the author of numerous articles and three books: The Miracle on Cooper Street, Breaking Ground and Barriers: Hispanic Women Developing Effective Leadership, and Organizing Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers: the Experience of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey. CLICK HERE FOR Presentation