Angelica Salazar is Resident Director for Arcadia in Cuba. Her role is integrated into Arcadia’s Spain programs team, led by Dr. Jaume Gelabert. She organizes and provides all Arcadia student services and support in Cuba. In addition, she manages Arcadia’s close working relationship with the University of Havana academic teams and officials.
Angelica is deeply connected to Cuba ever since her first trip to the island at age 14 in 1996. Like the university students of Arcadia’s Cuba study abroad program, she also studied Spanish language at the University of La Habana and took folkloric dance classes in 2001. She can relate first-hand to U.S. students studying in La Habana, Cuba. This very experience is what sparked Angelica’s interest in U.S.-Cuba history, relations and binational policies.
Professionally, for the last 13 years, she has worked to educate the U.S. public about U.S.-Cuba policies and advocated for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, working for several organizations including the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Latin America Working Group (LAWG), and the Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC). Most recently, from March 2015 through July 2016, she lived in La Habana, where she managed Witness for Peace’s Cuba program and facilitated the transformational and educational delegations for hundreds of U.S. Americans to Cuba.
Angelica is a global citizen who is native to northern New Mexico, with an upbringing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and later obtained an MPA from the City University of New York, as a National Urban Fellow. During her fellowship, she served as a special assistant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation. She is passionate about grassroots organizing, popular education, cross-cultural building and communicating. She loves learning new things alongside young people, dancing and traveling the world!