Gerardo Gonzalez is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Indiana University School of Education Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program. From July 1, 2000 until June 30, 2015 he served as University Dean of the School. In that role, he directed administrative and budgetary activities of the School on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and provided academic oversight to education programs on six regional campuses of IU. Dr. Gonzalez' teaching and research interests include higher education leadership and finance, underrepresented student success, campus health promotion, and multicultural communication and collaboration. He has addressed national and international groups and published scholarly works on the Cuban-American experience and Latino educational concerns. In 2012, Hispanic Business named him one of the 50 most influential Hispanics in the United States. Upon his retirement from the deanship, President Michael McRobbie asked him to serve as a special adviser to the IU Office of International Affairs on IU-Cuba partnerships. In addition to his academic appointment in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Dr. Gonzalez holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Counseling and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Indiana University. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration in 1978 from the University of Florida.
Sarah TeKolste is an undergraduate senior pursuing majors in Spanish and Theatre & Drama as well as a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her specific research interests include bilingual education and theatre as a pedagogical tool for language acquisition. A Wells Scholar and a Founders Scholar, Sarah spent the 2013-2014 academic year studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. An aspiring language educator, Sarah has taught at Enlace Academy in Indianapolis, San Jerónimo Bilingual School in Honduras, and Community Education Center El Nahual in Guatemala. Next year, she will be teaching secondary Spanish in Indianapolis through Teach For America and pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University. On campus, she is the Production Manager for the student theatre organization, University Players.
Kourtney B. Liepelt - Kourtney earned a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish, with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in December 2013. Her studies took her to Australia for a journalism course on ethnic and minority media, the United Kingdom for an internship at a travel publication, and Peru for an IU study abroad experience. During her final semester, she researched and reported on Central American immigration to the United States (Indiana specifically) for her School of Journalism senior capstone project. This reporting compelled her to apply for the Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, a fund for graduates of the School of Journalism that promotes travel outside of North America for a planned and proposed reporting project. The scholarship allowed her to travel to and spend nearly three months in Guatemala to further delve into immigration issues, with the goal of humanizing the topic for the average U.S. reader. Her work has been published in The Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, with another article slated to be published in Indianapolis Monthly in January or March.