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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Bloomington faculty members, staff and students will be recognized Friday, April 26, for outstanding service to the university’s Latino community.

The 2013 awards and their recipients include:

Distinguished Latino Undergraduate Student: Alicia Nieves. With other students, Nieves started DREAM IU, an advocacy organization that works to raise awareness and support for the federal DREAM Act. She co-founded the Indiana Student Coalition for Immigrant Rights, a statewide network of student groups committed to achieving equality for migrant communities, and has represented the coalition in testifying to Indiana legislative committees on issues related to immigrant education.

Distinguished Latino Staff: Becky Perez. A research associate at IU’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, Perez travels throughout Indiana to implement individual and group behavioral interventions and develop culturally responsive practices that address the needs of students and their families.

She is president of the board of El Centro Comunal Latino, a community-based organization that provides information and access to resources for the Latino community in Bloomington.

Distinguished Latino Graduate Student: Nancy Ortiz. A graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry, Ortiz is part of assistant professor Sara Skrabalak’s research group. At the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the IU group under her leadership received the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Renewal Award. She has helped recruit students into science, technology and mathematics programs at IU and mentors members of underrepresented groups via IU programs.

Distinguished Latino Faculty: Professor Herman Aguinis. He is a professor of organizational behavior and human resources and the founding director of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, which enhances the effectiveness of organizations by augmenting their human capital — with a special emphasis on Latin America.

Creation of the institute resulted in doubling the number of Latino MBAs in the Kelley School. Also, it supports initiatives such as Semana Latina, a week of events in Bloomington; Globase Guatemala, in which MBA students assist small businesses; and EME Argentina, in which Kelley students interact with businesses in Argentina.

Latino Faculty Special Mention Award: Daniel Mindiola. A professor in the Department of Chemistry, Mindiola has worked to enhance student and professional diversity in the natural sciences. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research from IU and at the national and international levels. He has served as member of a diversity-building graduate fellowship committee and as a mentor to students from underrepresented groups at IU.

He is currently leading efforts to again establish a Research Enhancement for Undergraduates program in the Department of Chemistry, which will bring large numbers of minority undergraduates to campus.

Founded in 2002, the Latino Faculty and Staff Council works to build fellowship and strengthen communication among Latino communities, bring more Latino scholars and researchers to campus, and improve recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino faculty and staff and graduation of students.

 

 


 

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