LAFAYETTE – Andrew Antonio, the Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette has been awarded the Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) Outstanding Community Service Director Award.
As the Executive Director of Diversity and Engagement for Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, Andrew is responsible for building relationships that support the College’s goals of diversifying its workforce and student body, and overseeing engagement activities throughout the Lafayette region.
Several initiatives Andrew has overseen include the growth of the Tippecanoe Latino Festival, building a Diversity Awareness Initiative among college employees, and leading the College’s Martin Luther King Day Ceremony and Day of Service. Andrew has also implemented many engagement activities that help to build outside collaborations. These include service learning initiatives with the Cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette and implementation of the Tippecanoe Art Federation’s cultural plan.
Currently, Andrew is most excited to be working on developing an Ivy Tech “student-lead” leadership camp for high school students, international service learning projects with institutions in Hidalgo Mexico, and increased Ivy Tech mentoring opportunities in the K-12 school system.
“The ideal community service project provides quantitative and qualitative value to both the students and the organization. I am excited to have the opportunity in my position at the College to bridge the gap between the needs of our students for hands on experience and the needs of government and non-government organizations to have certain skill sets, expertise and manpower to start new initiatives.” –Andrew Antonio
The ICC mission is to support higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, ICC serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.
Membership in ICC includes public, private, two-year and four-year institutions and is the only state-wide higher education association dedicated solely to campus based civic engagement. ICC provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.
Each year ICC recognizes one campus faculty member, staff member, student and one community partner organization. The winners will be recognized at a reception and awards program as part of the Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit on March 31 in Indianapolis.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech 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.