September 3, 2013
Allie Jordan, a 2013 Millsaps College graduate, designed her own dream job perfect for a communications studies major fresh from college.
She's spending the next year as the first Millsaps College Yucatán Communications Fellow, living in Yucatán and launching a social media line that will include Facebook (www.facebook.com/millsapsyucatan), Twitter, YouTube and a Wordpress blog entitled "Millsaps Yucatan" (check back for links to all sites soon).
A Millsaps student enjoys the weather in Merida between courses in Spanish. Photo by Allie Jordan.
Jordan will communicate news about the wide range of classes Millsaps offers at its facilities in Yucatán, provide a sense of what daily life is like there and offer a glimpse of the country's beauty.
Millsaps and its non-profit organization Kaxil Kiuic (www.kiuic.org) supports and operates a 4,500-acre tropical forest biocultural reserve in the heart of the Yucatán peninsula. The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve, with its biological and archaeological resources, serves as the center of Millsaps' Living in Yucatán Program that offers courses in archaeology, art, business, ecology, education, geology, history, literature, math and socio-cultural anthropology. The reserve includes the off-the-grid Center for Research and Learning and a laboratory and research facility in the Maya town of Oxkutzcab.
Elsewhere in the peninsula, Millsaps operates the Center for Business and Culture fondly known as Casa Millsaps, a living space and classroom facility in Yucatán's capital city of Merida, developed and run by the Millsaps Else School of Management.
Jordan will also participate in a media literacy program with Maya youth who receive an education thanks to the Millsaps Scholarship Program for Rural Youth. The project calls for each student to photograph his or her pueblo and to define "community," which is something akin to what Jordan will be doing for the next year, too.