GFDD/Funglode Signs Collaboration Agreement with Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn

September 23, 2015

The president of GFDD/Funglode, Dr. Leonel Fernández, signed an agreement with Medgar Evers College in New York to create a platform for reflection on Caribbean subjects, including perspectives on history, economics, politics, and the culture of his country as well as that of Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

This institutional commitment was taken on during a work meeting that Fernández attended with the dean of Medgar Evers College, Rudolph F. Crew, in which
the former president of the Dominican Republic acted as a representative for Funglode (Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo) and Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD).

During his visit to Medgar Evers College, President Fernández was accompanied by Dr. Marco Herrera, the director of Funglode as well as of a large group of business owners and academics in his country, who back the educational and cultural exchange program that is being set

As a part of their discussion, Fernández highlighted the importance for Dominican universities, through the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology, to be able to access this work platform, which also incorporates other subjects such as climate change, food security, and sustainable development.

The idea of the agreement is that Dominican writers, historians, sociologists, and professionals in specific areas can visit the United States
and be a part of a continuous dialogue on subjects related to the Caribbean region at Medgar Evers College, along with their colleagues from other Caribbean countries.

“It is particularly important to implement this platform in the case of Haiti, as after the earthquake, there are around 8,000 students enrolled at Henri Christophe State University, which was donated by the Dominican state, but who do not have connections to other university
institutions,” Fernández specified.

The President ensured that the inter-institutional collaboration platform between Funglode and Medgar Evers College will be an example to be followed by developing countries.

The meeting highlighted the need for young people to be able to establish exchange relationships and to participate in special training programs in technical fields, pre-university training, and degree programs.

Medgar Evers College forms part of the network of higher education institutions of African descent, and has students from diverse educational, economic, political, and sociocultural environments.