Luis Sorto is an exemplary student leader who has fervently worked to improve the quality of life of immigrants and stand in solidarity with them as they pursue justice. Luis's participation in Young Leaders in Education About Diversity (YLEAD) provided him with the skills to be reflective and engage in dialogues about diversity and the promotion of social justice, which he quickly applied through several on and off-campus activities. As the Freshmen Representative of Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, he organized students to attend a vigil at the White House where he spoke about the plight of children fleeing violence in Central America and the inhumane conditions at immigrant detention centers. Luis has also served as a tutor, mentor, and coordinator for the DC Schools Project, an English-language support program for immigrants in DC. His experiences with immigrant youth have motivated him to organize an Alternative Break for students and staff who will travel to Los Angeles and explore the root causes of gang culture, their connections to El Salvador, and restorative justice programs. Luis constantly strives to expand his knowledge of social issues, apply his skills and motivate others to work for the common good.
My family has given me a purpose for life, a way for me to pay them back for all of their hard work. This purpose serves as my approach to addressing the pressing social issues in our world today: to understand and serve others through the means of loving and caring. Through my civic engagement, I have discovered my desire to spend my life understanding, struggling and empathizing with others in order to most fully serve them. I practice this mindset, skillset, and heart-set in DC Schools Project through which I mentor youth who have recently arrived to the United States. I do not act as a superior to students. I am there as a friend, and at the most basic level, I am there to alleviate the language and societal barriers placed on them. As a member of Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, I have stood in solidarity with refugee children fleeing violence and abuse by actively participating in vigils and protests. Overall, I strive to truly ground myself in listening to others, living with them, caring and loving for them, and serving them.