The UC-CUBA Multi-Campus Academic Initiative, centered at UC Irvine, was established in 2006 as a grass-roots research effort by faculty members whose work includes Cuba Studies, broadly defined. Participants come from the 9 campuses of the University of California.
During the first ten years, UC-CUBA awarded 58 travel and research grants to 55 doctoral students from 8 of the participating campuses in 14 different areas to conduct research in Cuba, the only such program on Cuba-related research in the United States.
UC-CUBA sponsored the May 2-3, 2008 international conference CUBA: NEW RESEARCH DIRECTIONS, at UC Irvine which inspired the publication of the 2010 volume A WINDOW INTO CUBA AND CUBAN STUDIES, edited by Professors Amalia Cabezas (UC Riverside), Ivette N. Hernández-Torres (UC Irvine), Sara Johnson (UC San Diego), and Rodrigo Lazo (UC Irvine).
Led by Professor Nancy Burke (Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF) UC-CUBA organized the one-day conference IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: Encountering Wellness in Cuba and the U.S. at UC Berkeley ON October 22, 2010. This conference was the basis of HEALTH TRAVELS: Cuban Health Care On and off the Island, edited by Professor Burke, forthcoming in spring 2013, by the University of California Medical Humanities Press.
The UC-CUBA Multi-Campus Academic Initiative has sponsored eighth multi-campus graduate student workshops. The first one, HOW DO UC-CUBA?, took place at UCLA on April 17-18, 2009; the second one, CUBAN COUNTERPOINTS, at UC Berkeley, on April 16-17; the third one, CUBA: THE STATE OF UC RESEARCH, at UC Irvine, on April 28-29, 2011; the fourth, COMPOSING CUBA, at UC Irvine, on April 19-20, 2012; the fifth, at UC Irvine, "Disentangling Cuban Publics," November 21, 2014; the sixth, "¡ ¡¿¿¿Qué Bolón???!!" - New Directions for a New Era in Cuban Studies, on November 12-13, 2015 at UC Irvine, the seventh, "Beyond Insularidad: Cuba in the World," on November 4, 2016, at UC Merced, and the Eighth at UC Irvine on November 17, 2017.