CHCI-New York Life Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
School: University of Michigan
Degree: B.A. in Sociology
Placement: The Office of Representative Joe Neguse
Daniel López was born in Huehuetenango, Guatemala and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After obtaining his Associate of Arts from Grand Rapids Community College, Daniel transferred to the University of Michigan, where he became the first in his family to graduate from college. Daniel has a unique set of intersectional perspectives and experiences relating to research, art, and activism that drives his work to create equitable and inclusive opportunities for his community.
At the University of Michigan (UM), Daniel engaged in research where he wrote about the experiences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who forewent college education and went straight into the workforce. He cofounded Latinidad Magazine, a platform for the UM Latinx community to express their identity and creativity through the arts. In addition, he advocated changing UM attendance policy that hindered undocumented transfer students.
As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Daniel hopes to build connections with other Latinx leaders and to better understand the legislative process at a federal level. Daniel wants to advance education, immigration, and health policies pertaining to the undocumented and Latinx community.