Students, faculty experience Cuban culture during fall break

Cuba trip participants enjoy a photo opportunity with a man they met wearing a WCU T-shirt in the Vedado section of Havana. The man informed the group that a Canadian citizen had given him a collection of shirts that included the WCU shirt.

WCU student Kristie Watkins gets acquainted with a statue of late legendary Beatle John Lennon in a Havana park that is dedicated to his memory.

Twelve Western Carolina University students enrolled in a Spanish Program course on “Cuban Culture” had an opportunity to experience that culture first-hand by participating in a faculty-led trip during WCU’s fall break.

The journey to the Caribbean island nation was led by Lori Oxford, associate professor and head of WCU’s Department of World Languages. Three other WCU faculty members and a retired administrator from the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching also went on the trip.

Oxford said the participants traveled to Cuba’s capital, Havana, where they attended lectures and conference presentations, interacted with Cuban intellectuals and university students, and even appeared on the national news. (Editor’s Note: The two WCU students who speak in the video news report are incorrectly identified. The first student to speak is Maria Colmont and the second is D’Myia Gause.)