Program Manager and Instructor

LizElizabeth Bucrek

Liz Bucrek is the program manager and instructor for Carolina Navigators, and helps to provide K-16 teachers and students with global education resources created by UNC students who have international expertise. She began working in the field of education in 2003. Liz has worked as a secondary French and Spanish teacher, as an instructional coach, and as the Director of the Academy of International Studies at Carrboro High School.

Originally from Michigan, Liz has studied abroad in France, taught English in Spain, and has traveled in the US, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Master’s Degree at NC State University. She enjoys sharing her passion for Global Education with teachers and students. Outside of work, Liz keeps busy teaching Zumba Fitness and Yoga classes.

Email: ebucrek@unc.edu     Phone: (919) 843-6860

NAVIGATORS STUDENT INTERNS

SUMMER 2017 INTERNS

Chloe Arrojado

Hi! I’m Chloe Arrojado and I’m a sophomore MEJO major. I grew up with a love for traveling, as I have been visiting the Philippines since I was a kid. One of the coolest experiences of my life was studying Arabic in Jordan last summer. Experiencing such a unique culture gave me perspectives I would have never gotten otherwise, so I’m excited to help others achieve that through Carolina Navigators! In my free time I like to do anything related to film, fashion, or crocheting.

Arden Bentley

Hi my name is Arden Bentley and I will be a junior in the Fall of 2017. I am double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with concentrations in International Politics, Nation-States, and Social Movements and Africa, as well as a minor in Public Policy. I have lived in Salisbury, North Carolina most of my life but I am also from Atlanta and South Florida. I have never been abroad but I plan on going to Africa next summer, as well as going again for a year after I graduate. I have spent the past year working with refugees as a intern at a refugee resettlement agency, World Relief Durham. I hope to pursue a career in international policy, humanitarian aid, or diplomacy. I would like to work with refugees again in the future. At Carolina, I also lead Wyldlife and am a tech team member of the Institute of Politics. In my free time, I like to spend time outside hiking or exploring swimming holes as well as drinking coffee!

ACADEMIC YEAR INTERNS

MEDIA CENTER COORDINATORS

Ashton Hicks

My name is Ashton Hicks and I am a Junior at UNC majoring in mathematics and philosophy. I decided to intern for Carolina Navigators because I think it’s a very valuable program in helping students learn more about the world around them. During my Fall 2016 semester at UNC I got to study abroad at the University of Manchester in England. While abroad, I also got to visit a few other countries and this experience really sealed my love for traveling and exploring different countries and their cultures. I believe global education to be very important and it will be nice knowing that because of my help students across North Carolina will get to learn about various countries around the world and their cultures. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy relaxing with friends, eating delicious food, listening to music, and exploring Chapel Hill and beyond.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATORS

Jacquelyn Gonzalez Prieto

Hi! My name is Jacquelyn Gonzalez Prieto, but you can call me Jaki. I am a Junior double majoring in Communication and Sociology. I was born in Hollywood, California and moved to Cary, North Carolina at age 7. A weird, but hopefully endearing dream of mine is to own a farm where I can house animals from all over the world that were rescued from factories, shelters, etc. I love animals and children and people in general. For that reason, I love learning about different cultures because I think our culture is something that really makes us individuals but can also tie us to communities. There really is nothing more beautiful to me than understanding how others see the world because that is the first step towards compassion.

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Bella Courtenay-Morris

Isabella Courtenay-Morris (Bella) is a sophomore majoring in Media and Journalism: Strategic Communication and potentially Economics. She also has a Social and Economic Justice minor.  Originally from Australia, Bella grew up traveling between New South Wales and the Colorado Rocky Mountains every six months (her parents are ski instructors). She attended school in both countries until 10th grade – switching between schools each semester. Bella then decided to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and graduate high school in the United States. During her time doing IB, Bella primarily focused on the civil rights, art and culture of Aboriginal Australians. In high school Bella also participated in a two-week exchange in Chamonix, France and a four-week language exchange in Bariloche, Argentina.  She plans to study abroad in Asia this upcoming summer, as well as Europe during Fall semester of her junior year.  At Carolina, Bella is a Buckley Public Service Scholar, a SMART Mentor through APPLES Service-Learning, an Easing Abroad Students Entry (EASE) Mentor and a member of Chi Omega Sorority. In her spare time, Bella likes to paint, hike,  binge-watch Netflix, go to concerts and travel (she’s been to 11 countries!)  Bella is excited to intern with Carolina Navigators this year!