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About the summit

The mission of the Florida-D.R. Higher Education Summit is to increase faculty and student exchange, research, and other strategic engagement between higher education institutions in Florida and the Dominican Republic.

The Summit will feature a pre-summit day with sessions to provide the Dominican context in key fields of interest, including Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein’s priorities: security, investment and trade, disaster preparedness, and education. The second day of the Summit will highlight existing initiatives and best practices implemented by Florida and Dominican higher education institutions in these and other fields. The third day of the Summit will feature campus visits to different higher education institutions in the Dominican Republic’s two largest cities, Santo Domingo and Santiago.

The Florida-D.R. Higher Education Summit will be an opportunity for Florida and Dominican higher education institutions, government entities, private sector and civil society organizations to develop international education and research partnerships. Building people-to-people connections is key for future institutional partnerships. The Summit will integrate networking sessions into the program.

The Summit will be held at the U.S. Embassy’s binational center, the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano, and the Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo.

Participants

All proposal submissions MUST be submitted through this online proposal system by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 15, 2019 in order to be considered for the Florida-D.R. Higher Education Summit.



Thank you for preparing a proposal for the Florida-D.R. Higher Education Summit in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As part of your proposal submission, you will be asked to provide a detailed outline of your proposed session.



Notifications regarding your proposal status will be sent on a rolling basis and the latest notification by the third week of October

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo thanks you in advance for contributing your time and knowledge to craft this proposal.

Program

November 18

Location: Instituto Cultural Domínico-Americano (ICDA).

November 19

Location:  Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo

November 20

Location:  Santo Domingo or Santiago

Schedule

  • November 18
  • November 19
  • November 20

Place

Instituto Cultural Domínico-Americano (ICDA)

7:30 am

REGISTRATION

EXPOSITION ROOM, INSTITUTO CULTURAL DOMINICO-AMERICANO (ICDA)

8:30 am

WELCOME REMARKS

EXPOSITION ROOM, ICDA

Shane Myers, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo

Laura Abreu Malla, Board Member at the Instituto Cultural Domínico-Americano (ICDA)

8:45 am

DOMINICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM

EXPOSITION ROOM

The Dominican government is responding to the country’s low performance on global assessments and reforming the country’s education system. This panel provides an overview of the Dominican basic and secondary education, including the current situation, challenges, and opportunities. Presenters will also provide relevant background on teacher quality and teacher training, literacy development and English teacher training in the Dominican Republic.

Pre-University Education in the Dominican Republic: Situation, Perspectives and Challenges

Ancell Scheker, Director of Evaluation of the Quality of Education of the Ministry of Education (MINERD)

PROJECT READ: Literacy Development in the Dominican Republic

Laura Sánchez-Vincitore, Research Advisor for the USAID-funded READ Project at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)

Teacher Training in the Dominican Republic

Rosa Kranwinkel, Academic Vice Chancellor of the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU)

Teaching and Learning English in the Dominican Republic: Social Norms

Karlans Camacho, Teacher Development Center of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano (ICDA)

10:15 am

COFFEE BREAK

LINCOLN LIBRARY

10:30 am

DOMINICAN HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

EXPOSITION ROOM

Dominican higher education institutions enroll nearly 500,000 students per year. There are nearly fifty higher education institutions in the Dominican Republic, including the oldest one in the Western Hemisphere, the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). All Dominican public and private higher education institutions are regulated by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT). MESCYT funds research and student mobility through its National Fund of Innovation, Scientific and Technological Development (FONDOCYT) and international scholarships for Dominicans to pursue graduate degrees abroad. This session will provide an overview of the Dominican higher education system, student and faculty mobility and research in the Dominican Republic.

DOMINICAN FACULTY AND STUDENT MOBILITY

Vice Minister’s Office of International Relations at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT)

RESEARCH IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Plácido Gómez, Vice Minister of Science and Technology for the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT)

12:00 pm

LUNCHEON

LINCOLN LIBRARY AND STUDENT PLAZA

1:30 pm

SECURITY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

EXPOSITION ROOM

Within the Dominican Republic, there are a number of key security themes that will be addressed during the summit including: the national cybersecurity strategy, food security and water governance. While these topics are broadly linked under the title of security, they are key to providing citizens with safety.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN THE CONTEXT OF THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY

Jimmy Rosario, General Information Technology Director at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD)

FOOD SECURITY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Marcos Tavarez, Chair of the Department of Food Technology at the Universidad ISA (ISA)

WATER GOVERNANCE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Ricardo Hernández, Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)

3:00 pm

NETWORKING SESSION

LINCOLN LIBRARY

This networking session is open to all summit attendees.

3:00 pm

HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR MEET AND GREET

EDUCATION USA OFFICE

This meet-and-greet event provides an opportunity for interested Florida higher education representatives to connect to local high school counselors, EducationUSA Adviser Rosa Rodriguez and U.S. Embassy consular officers.

3:30 pm

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

EXPOSITION ROOM

DISASTER RESPONSE AND MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE IN THE D.R.

Carlos Paulino, Deputy Director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE) of the Dominican Republic

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD MANAGEMENT

Delka Espinal, Dominican Republic Representative of GeoHazards International and Executive Director of Dominican Foundation for Risk Management (FUNDOGER).

STRUCTURAL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE SUBJECTED TO EXTREME EVENTS USING STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING

Kalil Erazo, Research Professor of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)

INCREASING HIGHER EDUCATION PREPAREDNESS FOR NATURAL DISASTERS: REDULAC IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Roberto Reyna, former Chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.

Milagros Yost, President of REDULAC, a network of universities in Latin America and the Caribbean for risk reduction and disaster management

6:00 pm

WELCOME RECEPTION

KENNEDY ROOM, HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL REAL SANTO DOMINGO

Lugar

HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL REAL SANTO DOMINGO

8:30 am

HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

CHURCHILL ROOM

This session provides insight into some of the higher education research and best practices happening at Florida-based higher education institutions. Covering targeted experiential learning practices for Gen-Z students, to integration of arts and reflection and access to women in science and technology, this session will provide myriad opportunities to connect, learn and engage.

REACHING GENERATION Z THROUGH HIGH-IMPACT EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES

Sase Singh, Keiser University

Jennifer Peluso, Dean of Academic Affairs at Keiser University

CULTURAL MEMORY IN ARTS PRACTICE: THE ART OF MAKING IDENTITY

Heidi Powell, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Director of Online Master of Arts in Art Education at the University of Florida

BROADENING WOMEN’S ACCESS AND SUCCESS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Lara Perez-Felkner, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Sociology within the College of Education at Florida State University

10:00 am

OPENING CEREMONY

CHURCHILL ROOM

10:30 am

NETWORKING SESSION

ROOSEVELT ROOM

11:00 am

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: FROM FLORIDA TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CHURCHILL ROOM

This session provides highlights of disaster preparedness in Florida, with some of the best practices highlighting partnerships between the Dominican and U.S. governments and a Florida-based higher education institution, and cutting-edge programs focused on disaster preparedness in Florida.

NOAA, ANAMAR AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Maria Josefina Olascoaga, Associate Professor of the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School at University of Miami

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE EDUCATION AND SIMULATION TRAINING

Susana Barroso-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Clinical at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at University of Miami

DISASTERS AND EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Audrey Casserleigh, Professor of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at Florida State University
Rebecca Rogers, Doctoral candidate in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University

DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING DISASTER INTELLIGENCE

Jarrett Broder, Director of Special Projects for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at Florida State University and Deputy Director of the Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP)

11:00 am

COMPREHENSIVE APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

KENNEDY ROOM

BEST PRACTICES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AND COLLABORATION

Stephen MacDowell, Assistant Provost for International Initiatives at Florida State University

BROWARD COLLEGE – INNOVATING ON ACCESS TO EDUCATION, LOCALLY AND ABROAD

Isabel Gonzalez, Chief of Staff at Broward College

CHAVÓN: AN ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE THAT BREAKS THROUGH BARRIERS

Stephen Kaplan, Chancellor at Chavón Escuela de Diseño

THE UNIBE INTERNATIONALIZATION EXPERIENCE

Loraine Amell, Dean of Interinstitutional and International Affairs at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)

12:30 pm

LUNCHEON

SALÓN CHURCHILL

2:00 pm

LEADING PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES

SALÓN CHURCHILL

ESTABLISHING PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS TO LEVERAGE NURSING EDUCATION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Johis Ortega, Associate Dean for the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami

TRAJECTORY OF ALCOHOL USE AMONG DOMINICAN NATIONALS BEFORE AND AFTER IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES

Mario De La Rosa, Professor of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and Director of the Center for U.S. Latino Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse at Florida International University

Patria Rojas, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Research Associate Professor, Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University

DEVELOPING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH TO STRENGTHEN TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Helena Chapman, Research Scientist, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida

PARTNERING TO IMPROVE THE CARE OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Olga Mas, Pediatrician and Board Member at the Keira Grace Foundation

2:00 pm

INVESTMENT AND TRADE IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

KENNEDY ROOM

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN LATIN AMERICA

Brian Gendreau, Clinical Professor of Finance, Director of the Latin American Business Environment program at the Center of Latin American Studies at University of Florida

MULTIPLE CRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS FOR THE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (DR-CAFTA)

Levis Cabrera, Head of Department at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)

DOMINICAN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

Ignacio Méndez, Vice Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise Development at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC)

3:30 am

COFFEE BREAK

3:45 pm

TECHNICAL AND ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION

SALÓN CHURCHILL

TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR TRADE

Pedro Esteva, President of IMCA and Director of Iniciativa Empresarial para la Educación Técnica (IEET)

REINVENTING EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR FUTURE WORKFORCE

Enrique Suarez, Associate Dean of Academics at Keiser University

Gary Vonk, Campus President at K Keiser University Flagship Residential Campus

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION: THE GROWING DISCIPLINE IN INNOVATING THINKING AND DESIGN

Susan Fiorito, Director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University

EMPLEATECH: LABOR INSERTION MODEL OF YOUNG DOMINICANS IN A DIGITAL ECONOMY COMPANY

César Asiático, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Dominicana

 

3:45 pm

INNOVATIVE INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

KENNEDY ROOM

BUILDING SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS: DUAL DEGREES AND BEYOND

Jennifer Hilton Montero, Executive Director, Global Initiatives; CIBER Associate Director, FIU Business

Dayanna Polanco, International Business School Director at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR PREPARATION AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA WITH AN EMPHASIS ON INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION

Gabriela Vargas-Uribe, Associate Director at the University of North Florida

CREATING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

Jo Kozuma, Coordinator of International Partnerships in Education at the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida

GLOBAL EDUCATION: EXPERIENCES AND PROJECTIONS IN HEALTH SCIENCES

Michelle Jiménez, Director of the School of Medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)

5:15 pm

CLOSING REMARKS

CHURCHILL ROOM

The final day of the Florida-Dominican Republic Higher Education Summit provides higher education institution representatives from Florida the opportunity to visit higher education institutions located in either Santo Domingo or Santiago. Florida representatives should register for one of the three tours by November 8, 2019. All tours depart at 7:00 AM from the Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo.

Route 1

Higher Education Institution Tour

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Route 2

Higher Education Institution Tour

Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Route 3

Higher Education Institution Tour

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved for summit participants at the Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo, located in the heart of Santo Domingo. 

A special discounted room rate of $181.00 USD per night is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the group block is sold out, or October 26, whichever comes first. 

Click on the button below to go directly to the Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo reservation portal.

Traveling to Santo Domingo

The Las Américas International Airport (IATA: SDQ, ICAO: MDSD) is the closest international airport to Santo Domingo.  It is located 30 kilometers from the hotel venue.

The Hotel InterContinental Real Santo Domingo offers a 24-hour airport shuttle service available upon request for an additional charge of $50 USD per vehicle (one way). Please contact the hotel directly.

Uber is an inexpensive option to travel to the hotel venue and is readily available.

About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south. The Dominican Republic has some of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. You will want to dance to the pulse of merengue, explore the rich history, and delight in the delicious Dominican gastronomy.

 

The Dominican Republic offers a fantastic combination of environments to capture your imagination and refresh your soul. The Dominican Republic is the fusion of Taíno, African, and European traditions. The city, now known as Santo Domingo, was founded in 1493. It was the first European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Attractions in Santo Domingo include the San Francisco Ruins, the first cathedral of the Western Hemisphere, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, and the Alcazar de Colón, or the Viceregal Palace, all located in the Colonial Zone, or “La Zona”.

Registration