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.
UC-CUBA has awarded over 70 travel and research grants to 65 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 (Chair, Dept of Public Heath, UC Merced) 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 ten multi-campus graduate student conference & workshops: two at UCLA, two at UC Berkeley, one at UC Merced, and five at UC Irvine. The tenth conference entitled “Caribbean Transnational Synergies,” took place at UC Irvine, on February 7th, 2020.