Dr. Laura Greer Vick

Vick, a professor of Anthropology at Peace College, is the director of the Summer Mexico Program. She is the recipient of several awards and has taught at Peace College for more than 20 years. Vick is a research associate at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham and a contributor to the North Carolina Program for Forensic Science. Her primary research is focused on spider monkey sociology and socialization in Punta Laguna Mexico, and she has been going there for years to study them.  

She has seen several changes in Punta Laguna over the past decades. It has changed from a small village of thatch-roof houses and no electricity to a place with limited electricity from solar panels and a one-room school house for first through sixth graders. In 1998, Vick began a small scholarship program to help deserving students in the village continue their education. To date, several students have taken advantage of the scholarship program.

Dr. Mike Kimball

Kimball, a professor of Anthropology and director of UNC’s Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership, has been involved in the Summer Mexico Program since 2000.  His interests include prehistoric archaeology and community-based research and education.  This year, he will be teaching the Intercultural Leadership course online and in the village of Yuncu.

Check out Kimball’s Faculty Highlights.

Sarah Wyscaver

Wyscaver is a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado, studying Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership. Her research focuses on understanding the process by which first-generation undergraduate students develop personal identities as global citizens.  She has taught classes on international communities and cultures, and human values, and facilitated workshops on college student development, social justice, community-based learning and research, and developing community stewardship in first-year college students.  Wyscaver has been involved with Expedition Yucatan for three years, and this year, will be teaching the Online Global Citizenship (MIND 295) course.

Deborah Romero, Ph.D.

Deborah Romero, Ph.D., is excited to be participating in this year’s Yucatan Experience. She is currently an Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies, where she teaches classes in Second Language Acquisition, ESL teacher preparation, Linguistics for ESL Educators and Spanish. She also serves as Associate Director of Faculty Development for the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at UNC. Dr. Romero has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels, in both the US and Mexico. As a nationalized Mexican and US immigrant, who has lived and worked for over 12 years in Mexico, she is eager for students to explore first hand this amazing country and all its wonders, while engaging in community based linguistic and multicultural learning!  
For more information, check out our home page in Hispanic Studies.