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Coronado honored for her service to students

October 04, 2010

María Elena Coronado, student success coordinator in Multicultural Student Services, is one of six individuals being honored during Hispanic Heritage month by Cox Communications. She has been highlighted with a video for her 20 years of service to ASU and her impact on students.

“It is quite an honor to be selected by the business community for the work we do for students,” said Coronado.  “More importantly, Cox Communications recognizes that this is a turbulent time for Latinos in Arizona, and they chose to showcase Latinos in different leadership roles who make a difference.”

In addition to working with first-year multicultural students to help them succeed, Coronado also serves as a program coordinator for a first-year summer transition program and is an adviser to a number of Latino student organizations.

She also promotes opportunities for students interested in careers in the corporate sector, public policy, public affairs and non-profit leadership. She has been instrumental in placing students with national organizations and state and local agencies such as Inroads, Peace Corps and Teach for America. 

“Maria Elena has spent her entire career working on behalf of student achievement, their personal development, and engaged participation within a university and cultural community,” said Alonzo Jones, associate dean of students. “She represents the highest level of commitment to student excellence.”

A graduate of Valle del Sol's Hispanic Leadership Institute, Coronado currently serves on a number of state agency and non-profit advisory boards including serving as chairwoman of the Radio Campesina Education Programming Board since 2005. She also has been an active member of the ASU Los Diablos Alumni Chapter, having served as president for two years.

In 2007, as result of her dedication, service and leadership to ASU, Maria Elena was named by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the year's 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40.  In 2009, Valle del Sol recognized her with the HLI Alumni Excellence Award for her continued role of community leadership and service.

A Cox-produced video about Coronado’s selection is at

Diana Bejarano,
Educational Outreach and Student Services