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This winter break, Spelman is taking part in its first faculty-led study trip to Havana, Cuba.

Held through Dec. 18, 2015, and sponsored by the Education Studies Program, the academic tour is in support of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which is designed to enhance student learning with global travel experiences. The Spelman group, comprised of 19 students, one alumna, and two faculty members, will be guided by Global Exchange, an international human rights organization that promotes social, economic and environmental justice around the world.

Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Education Studies Program, directs the Cuba initiative. She said the trip complements the EDU 222 Global Education course, which examines the historical, cultural, economic, sociological, philosophical and political understandings of schooling and education from a global perspective.

The majority of the student participants are either Education Studies Program majors or minors – many of whom are preparing for careers as teacher leaders. While in Cuba, the students will visit an elementary school, a performing arts high school, and the site of a home school-learning program to gain insight about Havana’s education system as it intersects with political and cultural structures.

“Although a few Spelman students go to Cuba through our study abroad partners, such as CIEE, this faculty-led program provides another opportunity for a large number of students to reflect on their identity and interact with other Blacks in the Diaspora,” said Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education and professor of international studies.

“This study trip is a response to students’ desire to connect with the African Diaspora and enables them to examine critical issues regarding how access and structure of the educational system impact the life chances of people in a global comparative context. The Cuban educational system provides an intriguing, fertile ground for study.”

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On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Spelman College faculty, staff and students will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Carol Concert Preview at 11 a.m. in Sisters Chapel.

Narrated by Cassi Davis, C’2009, the preview concert is free and open to the public.

The Spelman community will also join the Spelman College and Morehouse College glee clubs for some holiday cheer at the 89th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol concert on Friday, Dec. 4, in King Chapel at Morehouse; and Saturday, Dec. 5, in Sisters Chapel at Spelman. Both concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary ticket is required for Saturday’s performance, which will also be streamed live at www.spelman.edu.

The final performance will be held at Morehouse College on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Each show is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reserve your free tickets by Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Ticket Alternative.

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Malika Anderson

Alumna Malika Anderson, C’97, was recently named the superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District. Anderson has served as a member of the ASD executive leadership team since 2012. In her previous roles as chief school portfolio officer and deputy superintendent, Anderson helped lead the development of the district, which was created in 2011 as part of Tennessee’s “First to the Top” legislation. The Achievement School District’s mission is to move the state’s bottom 5 percent of schools to the top 25 percent. Read more here.

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