International Day of Peace Event Headlined by Cuba Conversations

cuba1On Wednesday, September 21, Holy Family University presents "International Day of Peace: Opening the Doors to Cuba.” The event will take place from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Campus Center Lower Lobby.

The event will feature Cuban food, music, and Latin dancing, led by Holy Family student Hector Andrew Lopez.

According to Dr. Gloria Kersey-Matusiak, Professor in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and Coordinator for Diversity, the International Day of Peace is being presented to meet three diversity objectives.

“First, to link the International Day of Peace to the opening of Cuba by President Obama,” Kersey-Matusiak said. “Second, for those of us who traveled to Cuba this past summer to share our wonderful experiences with the campus community, and lastly, to raise awareness and celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 21 - October 21 on our campus.”

Faculty presenters will also share their experiences about the cultural, socio-political climate, and status of healthcare based on our respective disciplines.

Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean and Associate Professor for the School of Arts and Sciences, stated that she will, “offer a sociological approach to the opening of Cuba in the context of openings and potential opportunities for political peace. Dr. Diane Menago will address psychosocial issues and mental health delivery in Cuba. Dr. Kersey-Matusiak and Dr. Wombwell will offer their perspectives on issues around global health and healthcare in Cuba.”