Recognized for Work with the Latino Community
LAFAYETTE – Ivan Hernandez, Director of Admissions at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, received the Leticia Campodonico Human Relations Award from the Indiana Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC). The award was presented on October 18 during the IACAC Fall Congress and Membership Meeting held in Indianapolis. The IACAC presents the annual award to an individual who has encouraged and supported traditionally under-represented students in the transition from high school to college.
Hernandez was recognized for reaching out to the area’s Latino community, and specifically Latino high school students, to promote the benefits of higher education. He developed the campus’ first Hispanic Day on Campus and has volunteered to help Latino parents with their children’s educational concerns through his involvement with the Latino Coalition of Tippecanoe County. He helped community organizations hold a Home Buying Fair, Health Fair, Mobile Mexican Consulate and annual Latino Festival on the college’s campus. He is staff advisor for the Lafayette campus’ Latino Student Union which frequently collaborates with Purdue University’s Latino Cultural Center. His efforts have increased the Latino student population to 5% of the total Lafayette region student population.
“Ivan has opened the door to Latino students that would have otherwise not come to campus,” said Jason Urban, Principal of Fishers High School and who nominated Hernandez for the award. “He has helped make Ivy Tech’s Lafayette campus become a place of welcome for the area’s Latino community.”
Hernandez has also been involved in Latino issues at the state and national level. He is a founding member of the Indiana Latino Higher Education Council and has presented at state and national conferences on the barriers to higher education faced by Latino high school students.
The IACAC is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging, advocating and facilitating equal access to post-secondary education.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.