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LIBERTY BELL AWARD

ILBA Member, Gilberto Perez, honored at Elkhart City Bar Association Law Day

The Liberty Bell Award is presented annually by the Elkhart City Bar Association to a member of the community who is not a lawyer. The award is given to individuals who have contributed to the community in a manner that provides a benefit to the Elkhart legal system.


Gilberto Perez, Jr., is originally from South Texas. He is Senior Director of Intercultural Development and Educational Partnerships at Goshen College and previously served as Associate Professor of Social Work at Goshen College. Prior to coming to Goshen College, he served for 11 years as a Mental Health Administrator and Therapist in Noble and LaGrange Counties. He is the founder and author of a nationally-recognized mental health curriculum for Latino immigrants that has been implemented in 13 cities across Indiana and in 14 states. He graduated in 1994 from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), earning a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in 1999. In 2001, he received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Metropolitan Campus.

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