|Luz Mary Rincon, lecturer in foreign language at IU East, along with all her fall semester Spanish students, were named co-winners of the 2003 Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural and Diversity Enhancement Award at the annual MLK birthday celebration Jan. 16 at the Richmond campus.
Rincon arranged the first Latino Heritage Celebration Week at
IU East, which took place in October. She involved students in preparing
and carrying out a lecture series, a film discussion series, a heritage
display and a full Mexican buffet.
|Bryan Kanney, Luz Mary Rincon and Shelly Cox
"To me, enhancing multiculturalism and diversity in a foreign language
class is one of the most important aspects of learning the language,"
"It has been said that 'when you learn a language, you are not
only learning a language—you are learning a people,'" stated IU
East Chancellor David Fulton. "Luz Mary, as MLK would have done,
embodies this goal, which means breaking racial, national and cultural
barriers." Spanish students Ellen Shelton, Bryan Kanney, Susan Liebert
and Shelly Cox were all present along with Rincon to accept the
Rincon, a native of Colombia, is a graduate of the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in applied linguistics at Ball State University. She is on the board of the Richmond Community Builders, participates in the Summit on Race Relations, is a member of the IU East Diversity Cabinet and works with Amigos in Richmond. At the women's conference at IU East in March. Rincon will be speaking about Hispanic women's issues and how she is integrating that topic into her teaching.