Serafín Coronel-Molina, Associate Professor in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, has won the 2021 Latino Distinguished Faculty Award from the Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) Latino Awards at IU in recognition of his outstanding service, teaching and mentorship to Latinos on campus.
Coronel-Molina said he was extremely happy and surprised to learn he was chosen to receive this prestigious award, saying as an Indigenous scholar, these awards have a profound significance to him.
“It has not been an easy journey to get here. To achieve what has been a life-long dream, I have had to pass through a labyrinth of profound and complex struggles in my life. To reach higher education, I have crossed many linguistic, cultural and geographical boundaries, all the while developing various dimensions of my identity,” he explained. “Few Quechua receive the opportunities I have had in my life. These opportunities have allowed me to broaden my horizon beyond the sphere of my ancient and vibrant cultural roots, while still keeping close ties to those roots.”