The Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) facilitates and supports study abroad programming among Latin American, Caribbean and US institutions of higher learning and organizations dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural, academic-based experiences.

Mission and Objectives, Constitution

View the AAPLAC constitution, including our mission and objectives.


  • To serve as a resource center for the diffusion of cross-cultural information to participating and institutions and communities.
  • To identify, challenge, and minimize cross-cultural barriers within the region.
  • To seek out and develop exchanges, funding resources, and on-going dialogues between US and Latin American educators.
  • To provide a forum for discussion of cross-cultural misunderstandings and successes.
  • To promote inter-cultural development and cross-cultural understanding among students, educators, program coordinators, study abroad advisers, and administrators.
  • To maintain a data base of program information specific sites, academic focus, and support services, on US academic programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To encourage the incorporation of study abroad experience into regular curriculum offering of all institutions of higher learning.

AAPLAC Executive Board 2020-2021

  • George Ann Huck (Central College), Executive Director
  • Stephanie Athey (Lasell University), Current President
  • Scott Giltner (Culver-Stockton College), Past President
  • Brian Jennings (Albright College), Vice President
  • Lauren Schellenberger (Culver-Stockton College), Treasurer
  • Anita Smart (Natik Esperanza), Secretary
  • Margaret Rakus (Gwynedd Mercy University), Membership
  • Kristian Chervenock (Learn International), At-Large
  • María del Refugio López Cruz (Universidad Veracruzana-Xalapa), At-Large
  • Kathleen McInerney (Saint Xavier University), At-Large
  • Todd Fletcher (Resplandor International), At-Large
  • Abel Rubén Hernández Ulloa (Universidad de Guanajuato), At-Large
  • Annie Gibson (Tulane University), At-Large
  • Søren Peterson, Webmaster (non-voting)