Program Manager and Instructor

Elizabeth Bucrek

Liz Bucrek is the program manager and instructor for Carolina Navigators, and helps to provide K-14 educators and students with global education resources created by UNC students who have intercultural 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 to 24 countries in North America, 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:     Phone: (919) 843-6860


Global Outreach Intern

Sarah Ithipathachai

My name is Sarah Ithipathachai, and I am a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill from Greenville, North Carolina. I am double-majoring in journalism and communications with a concentration in media production. As the daughter of a Thai immigrant, I’ve learned that understanding and developing an appreciation for different cultures is vital to society. I studied French for four years and have traveled to London and Paris. I expect to study in Thailand as a Phillips Ambassador in Spring 2022. I am excited to return to Carolina Navigators to inspire children across North Carolina to travel and learn more about the great world in which we live.


Media Center Coordinators


Melanie Viso

My name is Melanie Viso, and I’m a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies, with a concentration in Western Europe. I grew up in Peru and then traveled to the United States to pursue my undergraduate studies. Throughout my journey, I met wonderful people from around the world, who showed me how wonderful cultural diversity is, and I discovered I love learning about different cultures and languages. I speak Spanish and English fluently. Additionally, I took multiple French classes, and now I’m learning Italian. Furthermore, growing up and being part of a different educational system in Latin America inspired me to be more engaged in global education overall. I’m excited to be part of Carolina Navigators because I believe in their mission and admire the support and resources the organization offers to both educators and students.



Divya Patel

My name is Divya Patel, and I am a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill from Cary, NC. I am majoring in Global Studies and Public Policy with a minor in Environmental Justice. I grew up in an Indian-American household and enjoy learning about other cultures, languages, and perspectives. I have had opportunities to travel to India, Costa Rica, and Europe, and I hope to study abroad in the future. In high school, I volunteered with Raleigh Sister Cities, Amnesty International, and the International Festival of Raleigh. At UNC, I tutor through the Refugee Community Partnership (Campus Y) and hope to spread awareness of the importance of understanding refugee and immigration issues. I am excited to join the Carolina Navigators program in promoting accessibility within global education initiatives for K-12 students!



Brianne Wood

My name is Brianne Wood, and I am from Canton, North Carolina. I am a Junior at UNC-Chapel Hill double-majoring in Global Studies and Political Science and minoring in Chinese. Growing up in a small town, global opportunities and perspectives were limited. However, during my freshman year of high school, I began studying French and discovered my passion for foreign languages and global affairs. Throughout high school, I studied French, Spanish, German, and Chinese, and have continued my language studies here at UNC. I have had the opportunity to travel in the UK, Europe, and Canada. The global education that I received during high school helped shape my career path and helped me find my passion for language. I hope that by working with Carolina Navigators I can contribute to their mission and help provide K-12 students with global education resources.



Taylor Horne

My name is Taylor Horne, and I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill double-majoring in Linguistics and Peace, War and Defense with a minor in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. I am very interested in languages and all they can teach about the people who speak them. I am half Mexican and have studied Spanish for 7 years to learn more about my culture, and I have also studied Portuguese and American Sign Language here at UNC. I believe there are few things more beneficial to personal growth than learning about and understanding others. I wish that as a kid I had learned so much more about the people and places that our office supplies resources for and, because of that, I am very excited to be part of the global education of students all over North Carolina this year!



Communications Coordinators

Kathleen Li

My name is Kathleen Li, and I’m a first-year student at UNC from Potomac, Maryland, interested in majoring in business. I was born in China and immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. Since then, I’ve visited China on multiple occasions to visit family, study, and travel. I love learning about new cultures and believe it’s important for everyone to become exposed to different perspectives, customs, and ways of life in order to become open-minded and thoughtful global citizens. During my time at UNC, I hope to study abroad in China or France, having taken French for around 7 years in middle and high school. I’m excited to become a part of Carolina Navigators and expand cultural education accessibility to youth in the community!