Student Life Director



Hola! My name is Kat Turco and I'm the Student Life Director for the Encuentro Dominicano program. I live on site at the ILAC center and am in charge of students' housing, health, safety, and overall well-being in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to familiarizing students with health and safety concerns and being a continuous source of support throughout the semester, I also organize and run many extracurricular activities and trips. The goal of these excursions (apart from having fun) is to increase students' cultural competencies and help them to connect with the Dominican Republic outside of the classroom.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program, known as Lideres en Solidaridad in the DR. More information about Lideres in Solidaridad can be found here.


Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Creighton University, 2011.


I come from a very large, tight-knit, Italian-American family in Omaha, Nebraska. As I high school student I spent a summer studying in Puebla, Mexico, which sparked my passion for language and Latin America. As a Creighton student I spent three semesters living with a host family and studying Spanish, literature, and international relations in Valparaiso, Chile. In college I also volunteered teaching ESL to Spanish speakers and tutoring Spanish to fellow students.

After graduation, I moved to Santiago de Chile in early 2012 to teach English at a university.

In 2013 I spent a year living in the Peruvian Amazon Basin teaching English and coordinating trips for groups of backpackers, students, and researchers.

I joined the Creighton and Encuentro teams in August of 2014 and am thrilled to be working with university students again, while working with my alma mater in Latin America.