Well before President Barack Obama’s announcement that relations with Cuba were being warmed, the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board sent the following email to presidents of her member colleges:
From: Karen Anderson [mailto:Karen.H.Anderson@illinois.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:29 PM
To: Presidents Only List
Subject: Cuba 2015
Cuba is calling! I’ve spoken to many of you about an opportunity to visit Cuba on a general educational license in order to explore options for future study abroad programs for our students. I’ve attached a draft itinerary to determine if there is sufficient interest from the presidents to get a trip together for February, 2015. At this time, I have about 5 individuals who have committed to this trip. Although there is no specific number of people we need to get approval from the state department, I would like to get a few more colleges on board to ensure that we meet the requirement that we will work to develop a study abroad program in Cuba.
Please let me know asap if this is something you are interested in. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. The price is a great value, the accommodations are excellent, and the experience is unforgettable! I am also working with the program provider to see if we can visit business and industry. Karen
Karen Hunter Anderson, Ph.D., Executive Director
Illinois Community College Board
You can see what is planned below:
MCC Freedom of Information Office Pat Stejskal wrote,
“We found the email invite dated October 21, 2014—please see below and the attachment.
“Dr. Smith had not even opened it, since she knew she would not participate.
“She is not going, nor ever planned to go.”