Staff Profiles

IFSA-Butler in México Staff

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Diana Arízaga
Resident Director, Mexico Programs
IFSA-Butler Mexcio
Merida, Mexico Office

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A RESIDENT DIRECTOR?
Being part of a transformation. Observing how students process information and appropriate other cultures without even realizing they are doing it.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING STUDENTS LEARN IN MEXICO?
Patience, to be more flexible, realizing there is life beyond the U.S. and the different pace of life.
WHAT IS ONE LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT MEXICO?
Contrary to popular belief, The Mayan decline does not mean they have disappeared! The Mayan culture, language and traditions are very much alive and kicking.
WHAT'S THE GREATEST THING ABOUT STUDYING IN MÉRIDA?
Mérida and the Yucatán are about the safest places in the world. Our students feel very secure and comfortable here.
WHAT'S THE MOST AMAZING PLACE YOU'VE EVER VISITED?
Katmandu in Nepal and the Galapagos Islands.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT BUSY WORKING WITH STUDENTS?
I travel, which is my absolute passion. I also like to read a good book, cook for friends, share a great conversation and eat. There is nothing like having a fresh ceviche by the ocean!

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  • ACADEMIC STAFF
  • Dr. Francisco Fernández-Repetto, Academic Director
    Dr. Fernandez-Repetto is a full professor of Anthropology at UADY’s college of Social Sciences and is also in charge of your independent research projects.
    http://www.antropologia.uady.mx/programas/antropologiasocial/fernandez.php
  • Moira Nuñez, Assistant
    Moira will assist you with general and practical information, to ease your adaptation in Mérida.
  • ACADEMIC TUTORS
  • Spanish Professors:
  • Rodrigo Llanes Salazar
  • Ma. Dolores Almazán
  • Jose Luís López
  • Damiana Leyva
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  • Optional Program course:
  • Fall: Tere Myiar
  • Spring: Christopher Gota
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