Monday, May 11, 2015

IGOE-sponsored Event Receives IU’s Latino Faculty and Staff Award

IGOE fellows and partners, from left: Rene Lopezvictoria, Sofia Nuñez, Joaquin Pereyra, Cesar Sanchez, Claudia Tavera, Jesus Salinas, Juan Ramirez, Giordana Mesquita, Henrique Koch, Santiago Hope, Aurora Fuentes, Daniel Medina and Maite Rivero

By Sofia Nuñez, MBA’15

The Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) hosted an awards reception on April 24 at Oliver Winery. I am proud to say the Latin MBAA, the Soccer Club and the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness (IGOE) were recognized with the award for Distinguished Group or Event for Semana Latina 2014. Semana Latina took place in October 2014 at the Kelley School of Business and included a week-long set of activities aimed at increasing awareness of Latin cultures. The two main events included panels on “Building bridges between Latin America and the U.S.” in which distinguished speakers shared their experience working with Latin American markets, and the Mini World Cup tournament in which more than 30 MBA students from different countries participated.

We were fortunate to have IU President Michael McRobbie deliver a presentation at the ceremony. During his speech, President McRobbie talked about the great value a diverse community brings to Indiana University as well as the importance of supporting the Latino and Latin American community. After President McRobbie’s address, the awards were given followed by a brief acceptance speech from each of the recipients. The award recipients this year were:

  • Semana Latina (Kelley School of Business), Distinguished Group or Event
  • Dr. John McDowell, Distinguished Faculty
  • Cristian Medina, Distinguished Staff
  • Olivia Rios, Distinguished Graduate Student
  • Alfredo Rangel, Distinguished Undergraduate Student
  • Dean Gerardo Gonzalez, Special Achievement

Being recognized with this award was a big honor for those of us who were involved in planning and executing the events. As the former president of the Latin MBAA and one of the organizers of Semana Latina 2014, I had the privilege of addressing the reception attendees. On behalf of the Latin MBAA and the Soccer Club, I thanked the Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) for the award and expressed how thankful we were to the IGOE who sponsored Semana Latina, and in particular to Professor Herman Aguinis, founding and managing director of IGOE, for his support. Without the support of IGOE and Professor Aguinis, this wonderful set of events would not have been possible. 

I am convinced that organizing Semana Latina every year is positive not only because it increases the awareness of Latin cultures, but also because it exposes MBA students to the importance of understanding how business is done in Latin America regardless of what part of the world you are from.

I want to thank again IGOE for sponsoring this week of wonderful events as well as the rest of the Latin MBAA, Cesar Borrero, Andrea Arguello, Nicolas Rebay and the Soccer Club, Juan Ramirez, Michael Jones and Eduardo Padilla, for working so hard in planning and executing Semana Latina 2014.