Bernardo Villarreal, a medical doctor student at Universidad de Monterrey, has demonstrated tangible results of social engagement, constant spirit of improvement and a deep commitment in suggesting solutions to the most compelling social problems. Since 2016, Bernardo has been the founder and president of Group San Orestes, a student collective that aims to improve the quality of life of rural communities in northeastern Mexico. Their mission is to provide solutions to the social problems of rural communities in order to improve their quality of life among health care, economy develop and drinking water access. Today, the project supports over 400 people of Los Lirios, Coahuila. Moreover, Bernardo has been involved in many other social projects, initiatives and programs. Bernardo is a faithful bearer of the characteristics and values of our University by demonstrating that "man can only be fulfilled in the service of man.
Since high school I have always been inclined to serve others. During this period I attended volunteer programs, where I could open my eyes to the reality that surrounds us. After that, I was able to perceive the need to develop entrepreneurship projects and the involvement of young people in social causes. When I entered to medical career, I decided to do something about it. I chose to work with the community of Los Lirios, Coahuila and I started a project with medical brigades, without knowing much about the subject of social processes. From then until now, everything has been a learning process to me. Step by step, and with the accompaniment of my mentors, I have been growing, learning and understanding different things. Today, I am proud of what we are doing in Group San Orestes and I would not change anything in this process. Today I can say that since that year until now, I can see a positive change in the community and that we, the university students, are able to carry out our studies, whatever the chosen career, and at the same time be develop a social project and attending to the needs of our neighborhood.