Durham Tech faculty meets with Latin American visitors during campus stop

Durham Tech faculty members spoke with six Latin American visitors during a visit to campus earlier this month.

Constanza Gómez-Joines, executive director of the Center for the Global Learner; Heidi White, director of International Student Services and Study Abroad; and Gina Perryman, International Student Advisor, discussed study abroad programs offered at Durham Tech and about possible student exchange programs with universities in Latin America.

Six visitors from Latin America spoke with Durham Tech faculty during a campus stop on Nov. 9.

Six visitors from Latin America spoke with Durham Tech faculty during a campus stop on Nov. 9.

The group, which was accompanied by three U.S. Department of State interpreters, were a part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program, an initiative started by President Obama in 2011 to encourage students in North America to study in South America and vice versa.

The visitors included: Monica Palacios Bernal, an English Teaching Coordinator at the Ministry of Education of Ecuador; Dr. Angela Aurora, a Coordinator of the Board of Graduate Programs at the University of El Salvador; Victor Cornejo Montano, the director of Strategic Planning and Professional Development at Don Bosco University in El Salvador; Jose Escarcega Castellanos, the director of Technical Institute of Nogales in Mexico; Mario Portillo, chief of Department of International Relations at Universidad Católica de Asuncion in Paraguay; and Marcelo Meregalli Ferrer, director of International Relations at Austral University in Uruguay.

The visit was coordinated by International Focus, Incorporated, a small non-profit organization based in Raleigh. The organization aims to support multiculturalism, international exchange, and diversity within the Research Triangle Area.