A Cuban Refugee's Journey to the American Dream: The Power of Education
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About the Author
Gerardo M. González, PhD, is Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. González has long been a noted and fearless education activist. On his retirement from the deanship in July 2015, he was recognized as one of the thirty most influential deans of education in the United States. In 2017, he was selected to receive one of the most prestigious awards presented by the University of Florida, The Distinguished Alumnus Award.
"A new memoir by Gerardo González, Indiana University School of Education dean emeritus, is a tribute to openness--the kind that happens when a nation welcomes new citizens and a person welcomes new ideas."--Bloom Magazine
"In A Cuban Refugee's Journey to the American Dream: The Power of Education, author and educator Gerardo M. González brilliantly illustrates the joys and struggles of the refugee experience, and the inarguable role of education as an open door to opportunity. This is a delightful read, and one that will inspire you to achieve greatness regardless of the odds."--Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
"There can be no more persuasive testimony to the power of intelligence, commitment, and inspiration than Gerardo M.González's memoir. The contribution of immigrants to America's prosperity and national achievements is undeniably impressive. Yet, this transformational story of challenge and achievement, while individually exceptional, is nonetheless emblematic of the experience of countless immigrants who have made America better than it could otherwise have been. No finer antidote to the simplistic sloganeering of the immigration debate exists."--John V. Lombardi, President Emeritus, University of Florida, and author of How Universities Work