David Salazar: Distinguished Student Leader Of The Month

February 15, 2019

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Twice a month, TLU's Department of Student Life and Learning selects a student who represents what it means to be a Distinguished Leader on campus. This month's first honoree is junior Social Entrepreneurship major David Salazar. 

After arriving on campus, Salazar knew he had found his home. Attending TLU has given him an opportunity to help the community, and it’s no surprise that his favorite class is Dr. Judy Hoffmann's Empathy for Social Change course. 

“David has a bright future ahead of him," Dr. Hoffmann, director of TLU's Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship program, said. "He is extremely intelligent, possesses sharp analytical skills and cares deeply about making the world a better place. This is what makes him a great leader. He is a joy to work with and I am so glad that he is at TLU. The world needs more people like him."

Last fall, Salazar learned first-hand about his Mexican American heritage while studying in Madrid, Spain. As a first-generation student, he was scared at first and thought adapting to a different culture would be difficult. While attending elementary school in Mexico, he was able to learn through books and local experiences. However, he feels his time in Madrid helped his academic career and personal virtues. 

“I grew as a person, met several new friends, and quickly learned to appreciate the beauty of the city all while communicating with the local Madrilenos," he said.

Salazar is also a member of the Mexican American Student Association (MASA) and participates in intramural football, basketball, and softball. His advice to other TLU students is to be confident, get out of your comfort zone, and involve yourself in as many things as you can. 

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