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CAORC Announces Awards for the 2024 Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Mexico

The Council for American Overseas Research Centers has announced the 2024 awards for faculty to participate in an Overseas Faculty Development Seminar in Mexico. Fifteen faculty members from US community colleges and minority-serving institutions have been selected to participate in Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures in May through June 2024. This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in Mexico, the Americas Research Network, funds participation in a two week seminar that will include stays in Mexico City and Puebla. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the contemporary United States has many of its roots in the deep historical traditions of Latin America. The dynamic processes that are multiplying the interconnections between Mexico and the U.S. are due, in large measure, to the resilience of Mexico’s Indigenous peoples. The Indigenous population of Mexico is one of the world’s largest, and Indigenous migrants from diverse linguistic and cultural traditions have come to the U.S. for decades, with their numbers continuing to increase.

The Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators at US community colleges and minority-serving institutions gain international experience with the aim of developing and improving international courses, curricula, and teaching materials at their home institutions. Awarded participants for these seminars receive round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals for the duration of the two-week seminar. CAORC seminars are run in partnership with participating Overseas Research Centers (ORCs) and are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Additional Overseas Faculty Development Seminars are planned for January 2025 in Bangladesh, India, and Senegal, and Summer 2025 seminars will be announced in July 2024. Learn more by visiting the OFDS page at 

The 2024 awardees are:

English Brooks, Associate Professor, English & Philosophy

Snow College, Ephraim, UT

Laura Cailloux, Other, Sociology/Ethnic Studies/Community Leadership

Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA

Michael Dillon, Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Meredith Gibson, Adjunct Instructor, Nursing and Health Sciences

Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ

Bryan C. Keene, Associate Professor, Art History and Theatre

Riverside City College, Riverside, CA

Anita Lemonis, Adjunct Instructor, Transitional Learning for English Language Learners

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Emily Manone, Associate Professor, First Year Seminar

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Virginia McHugh-Kurtz, Assistant Professor, Biology

Harper College, Palatine, IL

Joshua Merced, Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Monique Quintana, Instructor, English

Fresno City College, Fresno, CA

Fabiola Riobe, Staff/Administrator, Educational Innovation and Global Programming

Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS

Anna Sachs, Adjunct Instructor, Arts & Sciences - Languages, linguistics & literature

Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI

Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Associate Professor, Humanities and Philosophy

Oakton College, Des Plaines, IL

Victor M. Torres-Velez, Assistant Professor, LAC Unit / Humanities

Hostos CC / City University of New York, New York, NY

Natasha Yannacañedo, Associate Professor, Humanities

Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY


The Overseas Faculty Development Seminar to Mexico is carried out in Partnership with the Americas Research Network and is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


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