Department of Global Development Studies


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The Student Overseas Travel Fund (the Sonia Enjamio Award)  provides funds to help Canadian students study in Cuba and Cuban students study in Canada. For Canadian students, the fund provides a subsidy towards the program fee to participate in Devs 305 Cuban Culture and Society, which includes a two-week component in Havana. 

We are also building this award to assist Cuban students, particularly graduate students, who have been accepted to study at Queen's.

Sonia Enjamio (1945-2010) was a University of Havana historian.  She specialized in women's history, and the history of the Cuban Revolution. She was one of the founders of the Queen's/University of Havana exchange, and visited Queen's and Canada several times.

Through the Queen's/University of Havana exchange, hundreds of Queen's students have had the opportunity to learn, question and broaden their horizons by visiting Havana. We are committed to expanding this fund to help Cuban students come to Queen's for a study period as well. The Student Overseas Travel Fund (the Sonia Enjamio fund embodies the sentiment that Sonia lived by: education, friendship and mutual respect across borders. Any donation, of any amount, is gratefully appreciated.  

To donate to the Sonia Enjamio fund, please press HERE

Sonia Enjamio Award Winners meet Enjamio family in Havana


At the final banquet and graduation ceremony for the Devs 305 Cuban Culture and Society course in Havana in May 2015, two Queen's students had the opportunity to meet the family of the woman whose scholarship they had received to attend the course. The recipients in 2015 were Vanessa Stubbs and Charlotte Orzel, pictured here with Sonia's family:  daughter Vivianna and her husband Joaquin, granddaughter Laura. Grandson Ricardo also attended. Ricardo spoke of his grandmother's profound affection for Canada and Queen's.