Diversity Committee Student Profile

Name: Daniella Abad Carnero 

Daniella Abad Carnero

Daniella Abad Carnero

Country: Peru

What is something about your country that others may not know?

  • You only do 11 years of school before you go to college.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

  • The cultural custom that I like the most in my country is “el día de la Canción Criolla” or “The day of the Creole song” which is the 31st of October in which we celebrate our African heritage through the music they brought to our country.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

  • One of the challenges I faced when I move to USA was adapting to the fact that I could not walk wherever I wanted like in Peru. Here you definitely need a car if you want to go somewhere.

What do you miss most about your country?

  • Two of the things I miss most is my family and Peruvian food

What do you like most about USA?

  • The thing I like most about the USA is the fact that the government helps students either through student loans and financial aid to help finance their education.


Diversity Committee Shares a Peruvian Recipe

The Diversity Committee presents recipes from all around the world. Try this tasty dish from Peru.

Peruvian Chicken Soup

Peruvian Chicken Soup

Peruvian Chicken Soup (Aguadito de Pollo)
·       4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut in half
·       salt and pepper to taste
·       1/2 cup olive oil
·       1 medium onion, chopped
·       1 teaspoon minced garlic
·       1 tablespoon seeded, minced serrano chile
·       1/2 cup chopped cilantro
·       1 cup green peas
·       1 cup corn
·       1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
·       10 cups chicken broth
·       4 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in half
·       1 cup uncooked white rice
1.    Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and serrano chili; cook until the onion has softened, about 1 minute. Add the chicken, and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
2.    Stir in the cilantro, peas, corn, and red pepper; cook for 1 minute. Pour in the chicken broth, potatoes, and rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is opaque and the potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes.

A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: Peru

Did you know CPCC has students from all over the world?  In celebration of this, the Diversity Committee will highlight the top 10 countries that represent our PeruInternational Students.


PERU – Welcome to Peru, the third largest country in South America. Peru lies on the Pacific coast of South America just south of the Equator. To the Quechua Indians Peru means “land of abundance.” Official language is Spanish, and Quechua

Did you know?

  • That Peru’s petroleum industry is one of the world’s oldest, and its fisheries are among the world’s richest.
  • Many families in Peru live on $1 a day, and even public schools require some payments such as registration fees, uniforms, books, school supplies, bus fares, etc., which make it impossible for many children to attend.
  • A typical school year in Peru runs from April through December.
  • Potatoes originated in Peru.

Speak the Lingo – Hear it say! http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/peru/native-lingo
Take the Peru Challenge: http://www.timeforkids.com/destination/peru/challenge

Global Learning Virtual with Peru

Our CPCC students are going abroad from their own seats at a CPCC campus!

The Global Learning area is strengthening and growing its virtual global connections with Universidad Catolica San Pablo in Arequipa – Peru. Using the technology in the Global Classroom – LT1140, CPCC students taking Spanish 112 are connecting live with English students from UCSP. The Global Initiative – Virtual is led by Nadine Russell, Global Learning Director and supported by Catalina Ramirez from eLearning, and Gary Ritter from ITS. The main goal of Global Learning – Virtual is to facilitate a global experience to CPCC students in Charlotte without traveling abroad. Therefore, our students can have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other countries, participate in dialogues about the same subject from different cultural perspectives, and open their understanding to different realities in the world today.

Members of the Charlotte Sister Cities organization, including Diane St. John and Gabriela Tarazona had served as active liaisons to the connection with Universidad Catolica San Pablo. On Monday, Oct. 10 CPCC was honored to host the Arequipa delegation that traveled to Charlotte to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Charlotte – Arequipa as Sitter Cities. The eight-person delegation, led by Dr. Miriham Camargo Pantoja, Head of Sister Cities from Arequipa and Lucy Caceres, from the “Arequipa Centro de Integration del Peru,” visited the Global Classroom and explored other global opportunities with the CPCC group.

This fall semester, the Global Learning – Virtual, has extended to a Spanish 112 course led by Instructor Andreina Riera. A virtual meeting, including the Vice-President of Universidad Catolica San Pablo, José María Corrales-Nieves Lazarte, was held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 to outline the steps to follow in our present and future partnerships with the Peruvian university.

Are you interested in a global connection for spring semester?  Please contact Nadine Russell at nadine.russell@cpcc.edu to learn more.