Honoree

Palermo G. Galindo

AWARDS

IPFW Distinguished Service Award (2011)

A.S., 1998; B.A., 2000

BIOGRAPHY

Palermo G. Galindo is a double-graduate of IPFW, earning an Associate of Science in commercial art in 1998 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design in 2000. During his years at IPFW, he was very involved and served as president of the Hispanos Unidos student association, and was an active member and treasurer of the Art Student League for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). He has fond memories of participating at the VPA Art-athon, the annual conference trips to the United States Leadership Hispanic Institute (USLHI) in Chicago, and as a work-study student in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA).

Palermo's career revolves around giving a voice to those residents who may not have the language proficiency or the cultural knowledge to navigate through various governmental agencies. In his position as the Hispanic and immigrant liaison for the City of Fort Wayne, he builds direct communication and bridges gaps between the city's departments. Palermo commented, "I am thankful for the wonderful experiences at IPFW, to all of my professors and staff, my family, and all the people who encouraged me to continue to move forward. I learned the value of education and always give back to my city, alma mater, and community by volunteering, participating and being passionate for what I do."