Marc Colón is a Spanish/English bilingual and bicultural
Puerto Rican who lives in North Philadelphia. He is a Junior Board of Governors
Scholar and McNair Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and is
majoring in Business Finance in the Business Honors program. Marc is currently
interning at the Small Business Development Center at the Eberly College of
Business at IUP. He also works as the first-ever student photographer and
cinematographer for the IUP Marketing Department.
Committed to the university community, Marc is involved in a
many organizations. He is the project associate of the Caring About Latino
Student Achievement (CALSA) program, an organization within the Mid-Atlantic
Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) at IUP. He is also a member
of the Latino Recruitment Committee at IUP, where he collaborates with other
members in order to develop strategies for recruitment. Marc is also a founder of
the new Tlacuilo Honor Society at IUP and is currently acting as the treasurer
of this organization. He also assisted in the creation of the Frederick
Douglass Debate Society on campus.
Marc has also been a member of the National Hispanic
Institute (NHI) since the summer of his freshman year at the Arts Academy at
Benjamin Rush High School. During Marc’s freshman year in college, he was an
IUP student representative at the NHI 2012 conference in San Antonio, Texas,
entitled “Celebración.” Last summer, he interned at the NHI headquarters in
Maxwell, Texas, where he developed his skills in project management, staff
management, team building, curriculum development, and recruitment strategy.
Additionally, Marc coaches NHI student participants who are incoming sophomores
in high school at a six-day summer program in four categories—cross
examination, oratory, extemporaneous speaking, and mock trial—so that these
students can prepare at the NHI’s Northeast Great Debate at Villanova
Marc also makes time for extracurricular activities. His
hobbies include boxing, photography, and networking.