Carolina Castoreno

Carolina Castoreno

(Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas)
Grant Manager - Programs

Carolina has a long history in community engagement and non-profit work, and she previously served as the Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Indiana for 6 years where she developed new programming, services, and collaborative coalitions within the state. Embracing her dual heritage, she proudly identifies as both American Indian and Mexican Indian, holding citizenship in the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, descending from the Mescalero Apache tribe, and tracing her roots to Purépecha communities in Mexico.

At Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Carolina pursued her BA in an Individualized Major focusing on Multicultural and Diversity Studies with a minor in Creative Writing.  She served as the President of the Native American Student and a member of the Latino Student Association.  While there she was a recipient of the Si Se Puede Award at the Cesar Chavez Dinner for community involvement, the Women’s Student Leadership Award, the Sindoqua Scholarship for Native American Women, and the Nina Mason Pulliam Scholarship.  She has presented as a panelist and keynote speaker at several Diversity conferences and universities across the state and country on topics surrounding identity, civil rights, and representation for Indigenous and Latino communities.

Carolina is a writer, community organizer, and mother who is dedicated to social justice and cross-cultural collaboration in the professional and educational spheres of our society.  Currently she volunteers as a host for a local Spanish-speaking television program for their monthly community engagement segment and serves as a mentor for young leadership programs.  She also provides consultation for non-profit development, grant-writing, DEI implementation, and fundraising. 

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