(BLOOMINGTON) – Israel F. Herrera-Cárdenas, senior lecturer, outreach coordinator and faculty advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for IU Bloomington.
The award, first presented in 1986, recognizes faculty who exhibit distinguished service to the university, a profession, a discipline or the public.
Israel F. Herrera. Photo by Chris Meyer, Indiana University
Herrera has strengthened the language program on campus as well as throughout the community since he came to IU as an assistant instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2006. He was instrumental in helping to create the IU Spanish Club, Grupo Ñ, in 2014, and he is also the faculty advisor for the campus Spanish theater group, Vision, Identity, Drama and Art.
Since 2011, he has served as president of Bloomington’s Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, advocating for Spanish language courses in Monroe County elementary schools. He also hosts a weekly program on Bloomington Community Radio, “Hola Bloomington,” which received a 2012 Avant-Garde Award.