Civil engineering student, Student Government Association president, Creative Arts Club founder, 2023 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate, and now, 2024 Luminary Award recipient.

Daley College recent graduate David Lopez already boasts an impressive resume. He started his higher education journey at a four-year institution but quickly realized it wasn’t the right fit. A former elementary school teacher suggested Daley. Because of the school’s large Latinx student population, David feels a sense of belonging at the college.

David grew up near Daley’s Southwest Side campus, which he says heavily influenced his decision to study civil engineering. He wants to create more public spaces in his community and more equitable and accessible modes of transportation.

After graduating from Daley, David’s plans include transferring to a four-year institution.